Harambee Stars are finally back home after their Africa Cup of Nations adventure in Egypt.
The team failed to make it past the Group Stages after going down 3-0 at the hands of Senegal. Before that, Kenya lost her opening match against Algeria 2-0 before beating neighbours Tanzania 3-2 in an entertaining clash played at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
Many Kenyans have been giving their views on why the team performed dismally with many blaming coach Sebastien Migne for applying tactics that did more harm that good to the Kenyan Team.
Coach Migne’s selection has also come under great scrutiny by a number of football fans and stakeholders who think that he went with the wrong squad to Egypt.
Kenya’s number one shot stopper Patrick Matasi however seems to have divergent views.
According to Matasi, careless mistakes by the team cost them a place in the knockout stages.
While insisting that they deserved a place in the knockout stages of AFCON, Matasi has insisted that individual mistakes especially against Senegal are to blame for their short stay in Egypt.
“We deserved to make it to the Round of 16 because if you look at the match against Senegal, we only required to keep a clean sheet and get any draw but that did not happen,” Said Matasi upon landing at the JKIA from Egypt.
“We are out because we committed a number of individual and team mistakes and it happened that Benin managed a draw against Cameroon to throw us out completely”
Matasi is however proud of the team especially after they picked up a win against Tanzania.
“But I am very proud because the team did very well, we did our best and managed to pick some vital lessons from the tournament. I guess we were in a learning process and I thank God that we at least picked a win against Tanzania”
The St. Georges Goalkeeper has also maintained that Kenya has a lot of work to do before it can compete with the Big boys in the continent.
“We still have a lot to do as a nation, it will not be easy to be at the same level as Algeria and Senegal. We still have a lot of work to do,” Matasi continued.
“But I know the cohesion between the Kenyan government and the local Federation will make us achieve something in the next edition.
“We have to come together as a nation and work towards achieving the goals, we don’t have enough training facilities compared to what we used during the three-week training in France and those are some of the things that Kenya needs if we are to compete with the best in Africa,” he concluded.