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Unbowed Kimanzi keeps AFCON hope despite uninspiring Togo draw

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发表于 2019-11-19 16:52:59 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
[img src="https://3dwnh01icn0h133s00sokwo1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Francis-Kimanzi.jpg"][br]Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi is undeterred in his quest for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) ticket despite dropping crucial points at home against Togo on Monday night, at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.[br][br]Stars squandered their lead to draw the Sparrow Hawks 1-1 despite dominating proceedings for the better part of the clash especially in the second half, coming from an inspiring similar draw away to seven-time champions Egypt.[br][br]Kimanzi, like every other Kenyan, wanted three points especially reckoning Togo lost 1-0 to a lowly ranked Comoros in their Friday opener at their Lome backyard, but proper caging of his main striker Michael Olunga and an almost impeccable defending by the visitors meant a share of the spoils.[br][br]“We, the coaches and players were prepared for a win and that’s why we even took the lead. They were however different from what we expected and worthy opponents. We are however still on the race firmly, because everyone in the group today dropped points. It tells you you the more the qualifiers are played the more the competition gets tougher. The group is very open for all teams so far,” the coach told in the post match interview.[br][br]He admitted Togo approach to the match disjointed his premeditated flow, aided by the West African’s physicality.[br][br]“It was a difficult game for us today but all in all the point is welcome, considering their height advantage and game approach, we struggled a lot in dealing with the high balls that they played. We did our best to manage them (Togo) in their preferred style but it was too late. The short turnaround and the long hours we had to travel from Cairo via Dubai certainly affected us today (Monday),” Kimanzi observed.[br][br]The coach had protested the flight booked by the Ministry of Sports last week, saying there was a shorter route to Cairo that would have needed as short as five hours from Nairobi, compared to the 16 hours via the Dubai route.[br][br]With the bookings done quite late, it was almost impossible to change the route as the Ministry maintained the initial plan.[br][br]Belgium based Johanna Omollo who netted the all important goal for Stars rued the missed opportunity to leap to the summit of Group G, a spot now held by Comoros with four points.[br][br]“We definitely wanted to win at home because this campaign becomes harder when you fail to capitalise on home advantage.We are however thankful for the point. The group is still open because it is just two points between us and the leaders. We will continue to work and get points in the subsequent matches…” said the soft spoken Omollo.
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发表于 2019-11-23 17:12:04 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层
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