Was Coach Sebastien Migne influenced by FKF executives in his selection of Kenya’s AFCON squad?
There was uproar among football fans and a number of stakeholders who argued that some players selected as part of the travelling squad to Egypt did not deserve a slot in the team.
Of concern was the coach’s decision to drop Zesco United’s Jesse Were and Teddy Akumu with many arguing that the duo deserved to be on the plane to Egypt.
In the midst of all these squad selection theories, Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has come out to clear the air.
Mwendwa has refuted claims that FKF executives had a hand in the selection of players.
According to the FKF Chief, Coach Migne is a man with his own philosophies and as such, he cannot be pushed to select players he does not deem fit for his squad.
“I guess people don’t know Migne well, I don’t think they know the coach more than I do.
“Migne is a kind of a coach who never wants interference when doing is job. He can never listen to you, even if you have seen a mistake. He will simply tell you that you know nothing about football.
“At no point did anyone ask the coach to pick specific players, that is not true. The squad was named by the coach, it was done on merit and I know he can still stand by that if you ask him,” Said Mwendwa.
Mwendwa also confirmed that they settled for the France Camp since it was Coach Migne who came up with the idea.
“It was the coach who requested for the same. If you want your coach to perform, just give him what he wants.
“As a Federation, we felt it was good to follow the instructions from the coach, he gave us a plan and what he wanted us to do, and we did exactly that.
“I don’t think it was a wrong decision to train in France because the team picked up a lot of vital lessons from there.”
Mwendwa was speaking during an interview with Citizen TV.
Kenya’s campaign in Egypt ended at the Group Stages with the team managing to bag a 3-2 win against neighbours Tanzania. Kenya lost her first match 2-0 against Algeria with the team also losing it’s last match 3-0 against Senegal.
Harambee Stars will now shift their focus to the African Nations Championship (Chan), where their home-based players will face Tanzania in a two-legged qualifier later in July.