Kenya football’s coach Sébastien Migné is confident of his side’s abilities ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which begins later this month.
In an exclusive interview with CGTN, Migné said Harambee Stars would use the opportunity to show their growth, with an eye for going as far as possible in the tournament.
“We have the number one in Africa (in our group), with Senegal today and Algeria. We know the story of Algeria. They’ve already participated in the World Cup. It will be difficult but it’s also a fantastic opportunity for us to show our improvement, to know what we can do, in front of this kind of opponent,” the French tactician said.
The 2019 AFCON begins on 21 June and ends on 19 July in Egypt.
This will be the first expanded edition of the continental competition, with 24 teams participating. Previous editions had only 16 teams.
Kenya is pooled alongside Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania in Group C, and will play their first match against Algeria on June 23.
This will be the Harambee Stars’ sixth appearance in the elite competition, having previously played in the 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 2004 editions.
The East Africans have never made it past the Group stage, a fact coach Migné hopes to change.
“We will have a fantastic derby against Tanzania. Maybe really important potentially for qualification. We will try our best of course to qualify,” he said referring to his side’s second game against neighbours Tanzania.
Harambee Stars already left Kenya for pre-AFCON preparation in France and Spain.