Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne is so far impressed with striker John Avire for the impact he had during Stars’ 3-2 win over Tanzania on Thursday in Cairo.
The Sofapaka attacker, whose inclusion in the 2019 Total African Cup of Nations squad drew massive criticism came on for Francis Kahata at the half hour mark with Kenya trailing by a solitary goal.
His partnership with Michael Olunga up-front saw Kenya emerge, 3-2 victors, courtesy of an Olunga brace and another goal from Johanna Omolo.
Avire’s aggression caused Tanzania’s backline problems and Kenyans on social media were quick to hail his impact. Coach Migne too has joined the praise choir saying he complemented Olunga well.
“I think it was a good decision. It was necessary to add a striker to partner Olunga upfront and Avire coming on gave Olunga much more freedom. Sometimes coaches are afraid of fielding young players in such matches but I’m not,” he said.
“If you have a talent, and the belief, you can bring something for the team, and today we proved that,” the Frenchman added.
Kenya will play Senegal in the final group match where they will be hoping to avoid defeat in order to secure a round of 16 ticket.