Sebastien Migne: Why suspended Joash Onyango started for Kenya against Malawi

Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia and Kenya.
Goal Kenya.
Sebastien Migne won his second straight match as Harambee Stars boss after Francis Kahata struck with 14 minutes to go

Kenya coach Sebastien Migne has explained why he opted to start defender Joash Onyango against Malawi on Tuesday.

The Gor Mahia defender was sent off during the win against Ghana on Saturday and many pundits were shocked to see him partner Musa Mohammed in the heart of defence against the Flames of Malawi.

Despite the match being a friendly, coach Migne has said he drafted Onyango into the starting eleven to help build consistency in the backline. “I know Joash is banned for the first leg of the upcoming qualifier against Ethiopia but I felt for my backline to remain with confidence, he needed to start.

“I also had several players out injured. David Owino was out and Brian Mandela was not in the squad. My target was to keep another clean sheet against Malawi and the partnership of Onyango and Mohammed is working out very well.”

Kenya needed a late goal from Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata to extinguish the Flames and register back to wins following Saturday's 1-0 triumph over the Black Stars of Ghana in the Afcon qualifier.