Stars boss Migne pleased by Kenya U23s show


Emerging Stars forward James Mazembe (C) celebrates with teammates Ovella Ochieng (L) and Yussuf Mainge ...
Emerging Stars forward James Mazembe (C) celebrates with teammates Ovella Ochieng (L) and Yussuf Mainge after scoring against Mauritius during their Under 23 African Cup of Nations qualifier match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 14, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Harambee Stars head Sebastien Migne said a thriving junior team is key in building sustainable football success after watching Kenyan U23s demolish Mauritius on Wednesday
  • Migne watched on as Kenya outclassed the visitors in a 5-0 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying success in Kasarani and later hailed the Emerging Stars for their winning attitude

Harambee Stars head Sebastien Migne said a thriving junior team is key in building sustainable football success after watching Kenyan U23s demolish Mauritius on Wednesday.

Migne watched on as Kenya outclassed the visitors in a 5-0 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying success in Kasarani and later hailed the Emerging Stars for their winning attitude.

The victory left Stars on the brink of sealing a place in the second round of the U23 AFCON Qualifiers with the aggregate result set to be determined after Sunday’s return leg in Mauritius.

“I’m much impressed with the performance and all what is needed is to build much confidence and to build the future of Kenyan football,” Migne said.

Emerging Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi said the coming up with the squad had been a tough balancing act as he sought to integrate fresh faces in the starting team.

“When you have a lot of new players who are professionals in other countries it becomes a challenge. There is a cultural shock while the language is also an issue.

“When it’s the first time players are meeting you have to be clever in terms of getting the balance right otherwise you can create trouble where the team does not communicate,” Kimanzi said.

Mauritius coach Sakoor Boodham was gracious in defeat, lauding Kenya for the ‘dominant’ performance and conceded qualification could be beyond them already although he will be keen to avert such a result at home.

“We had no league matches for five months to keep the players fit so I am not surprised by the way Kenya dominated and I am sure they have qualified,” Sakoor said.

The aggregate winner will play either Sudan or Seychelles in the second round before the U23 AFCON Finals where the top three teams will play in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

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