Intercontinental Cup 2018: Kenya's Sebastian Migne - Referee killed the game against India

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Kenya's head coach has hit out at the refereeing in his team's group game against India and is looking forward to the re-match in the final...

Kenya head coach Sebastian Migne blamed the referee for their loss against India in their group stage fixture after his side set up a final date with the Blue Tigers on Friday.

The Harambee Stars eased past Chinese Taipei 4-0 to book a place in the final of the 2018 Intercontinental Cup.  

After a well-fought win, coach Migne said, "We're very happy to be in the final and it shows the good image of Kenya. We scored from set pieces, which we worked a lot for. I have youngsters and locals, I'm proud of them. We need to keep good fitness for final, as we have only two days. I tried to push the boys and give them confidence at halftime."

India got the better of Kenya when the two teams met in the group stage. In Sunil Chhetri's 100th appearance, the hosts defeated the Harambee Stars 3-0.

"We watched our game against India and we were in the game until 0-0. The referee killed the game, the penalty wasn't needed. India doesn't need that, they're a strong team. 

"I honestly prefer to play against India because the stadium will be full, which will be great for my players. The atmosphere was very interesting with the attendance. 

"We lost to a 12-man team against India, and the 12th man wasn't the fan. I'm not looking for revenge against Indian players because it wasn't their fault," he stated. 

Speaking about Kenya's star performer Jockins Atudo who scored two goals on the night, Migne said, "Atudo received something for being the best player and he has decided to share with the team. This doesn't happen often."

Man of the match Jockins Atudo felt that his side lacked focus against India in their previous face-off. "It was clear what we were supposed to do to qualify. We're happy to reach the finale. We knew what to do to go there. Maybe we lacked concentration and communication in the last match against India last match."

Chinese Taipei head coach Gary White rued the goalkeeping errors and missed chances against Kenya.

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"We take experience from here, which has been invaluable. The first half was great but the individual errors cost us in the second half. That's about it. 

"The goalkeeper who came in, he started well but his age and lack of experience (cost us). We cannot just blame him because we missed our chances too. But we've learnt our lessons from here," he said.

Speaking about the final between India and Kenya, he added, " The schedule is very good for India, well done for that. Kenya and India will be a battle: it will be a senior final. India have to work in transition because Kenyans are fast and direct.

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