The East Africa Derby between Kenya and Tanzania had a lot of talking points with one of them being Coach Sebastien Migne’s decision to pull out Gor Mahia’s Francis Kahata for Sofapaka’s John Avire.
Coach Migne’s decision led to some sort of revolt among Kenyans on social media as many of them felt that Kahata was the man to get the job done owing to his vast experience playing in such stages.
Coach Migne on the other hand had his reasons for bringing in Avire during the 3-2 win against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.
According to Coach Migne, Kenya showed some weakness and as such the change was necessary.
“We showed some weakness on the side, defensively, it was necessary to change something, it’s the reason I decide to put a young striker, the young Avrie,” Said Migne who spoke to Goal.
Migne also revealed that his mentor Claude Le Roy had something to do with his decision which to some looked like a gamble.
The French coach stated that Coach Claude Le Roy’s winning mentality was key to some of the decisions he made as he did not want to disappoint the veteran coach who was also present at the June 30 Stadium despite failing to qualify with his team Togo.
“I saw him before the game, my mentor Claude Le Roy, he was there, and I saw when I was with him that he tried to play the game, try to win, not to be on the back foot, I can accept to lose, but at least to play.
“I learned with him after nine years, not to be afraid to put young players on the field. So many times some coaches are afraid of that, but when you are a talented player, even young players, you can miss some experience, but if you have a talent, and the belief, you can bring something for the team, and today we proved that.
“I was thinking about him [Le Roy] today because unfortunately, he’s not here – he didn’t qualify the Togo national team – and during one moment in that game I was so disappointed to be a loser in front of him, but after the game, I am very happy,” Said Migne.
Kenya now turns her attention to the Terenga Lions of Senegal knowing very well that a win against the star studded side will all but guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages.