Intercontinental Cup: Not looking for revenge against India, says Kenya coach

Kenya hammered a listless Chinese Taipei 4-0 to set up the summit clash with India tomorrow at the Mumbai Football Arena.

Published: 09th June 2018 04:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2018 04:58 PM   |  A+A-

Earlier, India had beaten Kenya by 3-0. | AP

By PTI

MUMBAI: Kenya coach Sebastian Migne today played down any talk of seeking revenge against India in the summit clash but reiterated it was a referee blunder that saw his team lose 0-3 to the hosts in the league game of the Intercontinental Cup here.

Kenya hammered a listless Chinese Taipei 4-0 to set up the summit clash with India tomorrow at the Mumbai Football Arena.

The African nation qualified for the final owing to a superior goal difference, throwing New Zealand out of the tournament.

Kenya had suffered a 3-0 defeat against India in the group stage match and the coach squarely blamed the referee for killing the match by awarding a penalty kick to the hosts.

"We watched our game against India and we were in the game until 0-0.

The referee killed the game, the penalty wasn't needed.

India don't need that, they're a strong team," Migne said at the post match conference last night.

"We lost to a 12-man team against India, and the 12th man wasn't the fan.

I'm not looking for revenge against Indian players because it wasn't their fault," he added.

He said the team practised set-pieces and the hard work paid off.

"We're very happy to be in the final and it shows the good image of Kenya.

We scored from set-pieces, which we worked a lot for.

We need to keep good fitness for final, as we have only two days," Migne said.

"I honestly prefer to play against India because stadium will be full, which will be great for my players," he added.

Although, Chinese Taipei didn't win a single game, coach Gary White termed the experience as valuable for his players.

"The experience is valuable and the lessons we have learnt will help us," White said, adding disastrous individual mistakes cost them in the second half.

Stay up to date on all the latest Football news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp