- Former Harambee Stars Coach Sebastien Migne has open up that it was a mistake to hand him the task of taking Kenya to both the Africa Cup of Nations finals and African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers.
Migne took Harambee Stars to 2019 Afcon in Egypt where they didn’t make to the second round, finishing third in Group C after losing to Algeria and Senegal and beating Tanzania.
Later in the 2020 Chan qualifiers, Kenya was knocked out by Taifa Stars after a two-legged affair.
“I was the only coach for both the Afcon and Chan and in terms of strategy, it was a mistake,” Migne stated.
“However, my mind was on how to help the country, I was not thinking about me, my target was to do what I felt was good for the team and the fans. So I had to give my best with the limited resources I had in terms of players,” Migne continued.
“Look at other nations, they had another coach for Chan, it is the reality. Afcon is a high-level competition and as a coach, I gave it a lot of energy,” he added.
The 42-year-old Frenchman pointed out that he had not enough players to build a strong Chan squad; Chan is a competition expressly for players who play in their respective domestic leagues and Kenya lacks depth in domestic players.
“We did not have enough reserve team players in Kenya and it was difficult to build something strong enough,” Migne added.
“We also had a small team, remember the likes of Faruk Shikhalo, Francis Kahata, Allan Wanga, Paul Were, Yusuf Mainge, John Avire, and Haron Shakava. All of them were not available because the majority had sealed a move away from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and became ineligible,” Migne observed.
The tactician concluded that the lack of game-time for young players worked against Kenya’s chances of making it to Chan. He also added that there were no qualifications from Kenya youth to Africa competition that would have been the best stepping stone for the Chan campaign.
“You cannot expect to qualify after a few training sessions; it is a long process,” Migne concluded.