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Afcon 2019: What Kenya learnt from defeat against Senegal

13:18 IST 02/07/2019
Michael OLUNGA of Kenya and Harambee Stars v KALIDOU KOULIBALY of Senegal.
The Lions of Teranga cruised into the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Kenya

  • Patrick Matasi of Kenya and Harambee Stars.

    Matasi needs to concentrate for 90 minutes

    In the first-half, it was Matasi against Senegal and the former prevailed. He made top saves and even stopped a Sadio Mane penalty, but in the 63rd minute, he made a mistake which changed the game as Senegal took the lead and went on to win 3-0. The Saint George custodian should learn to stay focused for 90 minutes.

  • Musa Mohamed of Kenya and Harambee Stars v Sadio Mane of Senegal.

    Kenya's defense is a let-down

    The team conceded an average of more than two goals in the three matches played at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. More than half of the goals have come directly from defensive mistakes, which is not encouraging. Musa Mohammed and Philemon Otieno were guilty for two of the goals conceded against Senegal.

  • Philemon Otieno Johanna Omollo of Kenya and Harambee Stars v Senegal.

    Philemon Otieno is a flop

    In the opening game against Algeria, the Gor Mahia defender was reckless and was booked early, he never rose to the occasion. Against Senegal, he was booked early again when he could have done better, and went on to concede a clear penalty which Sadio Mane capitalised on to make it 3-0. Was then sent off and the team struggled even more.

  • Michael Olunga of Kenya and Harambee Stars v Senegal.

    Olunga needs a partner

    When Sofapaka striker John Avire was introduced against Tanzania in the East African derby, Olunga had someone to support him and he gave his best, eventually notching a brace. Against Senegal, he was isolated having started as a lone striker and having to face their accomplised defense without sufficient assistance is the main reason he struggled.

  • Kenya and Harambee Stars squad.

    Stars lack bones to face tough rivals

    The Harambee Stars have not impressed against Algeria and Senegal, the players looked nervous and failed to maintain possession, giving away easy ball in both matches. The players literally looked out of place, could not pose a challenge and until that is addressed, they will continue to lose against the top teams in Africa.