In the aftermath of a defeat at the hands of Sierra Leone’s Leone Stars, Head coach of Kenya’s national team, Stanley Okumbi was very dissatisfied with the Siaka Steven Stadium pitch which he branded as ‘an unplayable pitch’.
“It was tough for us because we played in an unplayable pitch. The pitch is not good to play football,” Stanley Okumbi said but congratulated Sierra Leone for the win.
The Harambee Stars went into Saturday’s tie as the favorites but went down 2-1 to a determined Sierra Leone side that are desperate to end their 21 years drought in playing at the biggest African Football tournament.
Slovenian based attacking midfielder, Julius Wobay gave Sierra Leone the lead in in the 22nd minute before skipper Umaru Bangura doubled the lead in the second half from the penalty spot which was awarded after Kei Kamara was brought down by Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.
A Ten men Kenya squad went on to level the score to secure a consolation goal from Michael Olunga who struck a spectacular free-kick late in the second half.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.