Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne has sensationally claimed that Kenyan fans want Harambee Stars to perform poorly at the 2019 Total African Cup of Nations so that they can ‘crucify’ him.
The Frenchman led Kenya to the continental showpiece after a 15-year absence, they had last featured on the biannual tournament at the 2004 edition in Tunisia.
Despite guiding the team back to the tournament, Migne has been under fire over players he selected for the Nations Cup.
Migne understands he’s no longer popular with the masses because of his choices reason the fans are desperate to see the team not succeed.
“I know everyone is waiting to crucify me if Kenya does not perform well in Egypt but I don’t fear,” Migne told a Kenyan publication, The Standard
“I always follow my conviction and the results we experienced in the last year proves that I was right.”
Migne’s decision to drop strikers Allan Wanga and Jesse Were was particularly scrutinized, he was equally bashed for selecting players like Masoud Juma, John Avire and Ovella Ochieng who many believe didn’t deserve to be in the squad.
He further stated that Kenyans should manage their expectations in the tournament noting that lack of players in the team who play in top leagues in the world shows Kenyans shouldn’t be over expectant.
“Apart from Victor Wanyama, Kenya does not have any other player in a top league in the world and even Michael Olunga is in division two in Japan.”
“For this reason, we must be realistic about our expectations and I believe what we achieved was something to be celebrated instead of the negative criticism, “he added.
Kenya is pooled in group C alongside Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania, their opening game will be against Algerian on June 23rd, 2019.