Irked Harambee Stars coach Migne decries lack of internet at team hotel


Irked Harambee Stars coach Migne decries lack of internet at team hotel
Kenya National team coach Sebastian Migne addresses the media when he named squads for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the Africa Nations Championships Qualifiers at the FKF House, Goal project on May 13, 2019. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • With barely 36 hours left before Kenya launch her quest for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne has lifted the lid on the not-so-rosy state of affairs at the team’s hotel here in Cairo.
  • The Stars flew to Cairo on Tuesday from France in the backdrop of specialized training which also saw them tackle Madagascar and DR Congo in warm-up matches ahead of the 32nd edition of Afcon which kicks off on Friday.

Isaac Swila in Cairo,Egypt

With barely 36 hours left before Kenya launch her quest for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne has lifted the lid on the not-so-rosy state of affairs at the team’s hotel here in Cairo.

In an interview with Kenyan journalists after taking his charges through their first training session since they landed here on Tuesday from France where they had pitched a three-week high intensive training camp, Migne, in a no-holds-barred remarks took issue  with the poor state of affairs at the Rose Plaza Hotel,  a development he argues is hurting his players.

In delivering the terse message albeit in his usual soft tone, the unflinching Frenchman said: “The main problem was the accommodation because when we visited the hotel at this time internet was there, sport channel also and now we have nothing, and when we have a player with one training session in a day they need a sport channel to follow the tournament, an English channel!

“With the new generation if you don’t have Wi-Fi your day is very long….and to us I ask my federation to help me over that because sometimes you can affect the mentality of a player for nothing.

He went on: “The hotel didn’t respect the rules we had at the beginning. For example Senegal was there (at the same hotel) and they left,” he said in reference to Kenya’s Group C opponents who have since changed address to Lavandila Hotel, situated about 500metres from where the Stars are.

Migne also opines that football is psychological and his charges must have the peace of mind if they are to impress in the competition.

He argued: “For normal people in Kenya it is not so important(to have internet) but when you’re a professional footballer and you have to prepare for this kind of tournament, even for me to have to work to find any information or any highlight about your opponent without internet is very difficult.”

The Stars flew to Cairo Tuesday from France in the backdrop of specialized training which also saw them tackle Madagascar and DR Congo in warm-up matches ahead of the 32nd edition of Afcon which kicks off Friday.

The Stars are in Pool C together with Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania.

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