Kenya on the right path to 2020 Olympics, says Coach Sebastien Migne

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Migne believes that the Emerging Stars can go all the way and book the country's maiden appearance at the Summer games

Sebastien Migne believes that Kenya is on the right path to realizing the dream of taking part in the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Harambee Stars overall coach watched the Emerging Stars thrash Mauritius 5-0 in the first leg of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers on Wednesday in Nairobi.

A draw away in Mauritius, in the return leg on Sunday, will guarantee Kenya a smooth passage to the final round of qualifications where they will meet the winner between Sudan and Seychelles.

The aggregate winner of the second round will proceed to Egypt for the 2019 continental game.

Should Kenya qualify for the continental stage, they will then represent Africa in the Olympic Games, if they finish among the top three. Even though the road to Japan in 2020 looks a bit narrow and winding, Migne believes that the Emerging Stars can go all the way.

“We are happy with the result because I think we are on a course to make it to Olympic qualification,” Migne said.

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The Frenchman who is yet to lose a competitive game with the senior team-Harambee Stars reiterated Emerging Stars coach’s call to make a few changes in the squad ahead of the return leg in Mauritius.

“To have a good game, it is necessary to have two teams and today it was difficult to keep the motivation of the player. We want to improve the performance, maybe with some new players-we’ve discussed that with Kimanzi,” added Migne who replaced Paul Put as Stars head coach.

Kimanzi added: “This is like a new initiative with the Olympic team. I think they can build confidence with such a huge win. It is an experimental group that we have with the Olympic team because it is such a long time since it (big score) happened."