Chemelil Sugar assistant coach Charles Odera believes Sadio Mane's return could be a blessing in disguise for Harambee Stars.
Mane was suspended for Senegal's first match against Tanzania following two bookings in their previous qualifying matches against Equatorial Guinea on 17 November and Madagascar on 23 March.
"If Mane plays, his team will want to play all the balls to him and even Mane can turn out to be selfish in the match against Kenya you never know. That would be easy for Kenya to defend and prevent him from wreaking havoc. You saw how they played as a unit against Tanzania and Mane's return could change that given the attention that will be on him," Odera told Goal.
The tactician also explained how Kenya can still progress to the knockout stage despite the opener's disappointment.
"We need to pick just enough points from the remaining matches and I believe we can win against Tanzania and fight for even a draw against Senegal. Stars are capable and I have no doubt in mind that they doubt their own abilities too," Oedra added.
"There is no more pressure, after the opener, as is the case in many tournaments, teams tend to grow in confidence in subsequent matches and that can help in going for points in the other two matches. Like in the first half (against Algeria), we were a bit under pressure but we grew well into the game in the second half."
Kenya will play Tanzania on June 27 before Senegal's clash on the first day of July.