Cecafa rude welcome for Hey on return to Kenya as Rwanda lose two ties

Rwanda National team coach Antoine Hey [PHOTO: COURTESY]

When Kenya was given the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup hosting rights, Rwanda coach Antoine Hey thought that’s a perfect opportunity for him to prove a point against his former employer. Having brie?y coached Harambee Stars in 2009, the German, now with the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) bound-Amavubi, was keen to show Kenyans what they are missing.

 But going by Rwanda’s results in their ?rst two Group B opening matches where they lost to Kenya (2-0) and Zanzibar (3-1), Hey’s hopes of even reaching the knock out stage look like a pipe dream. And even as Rwanda prepares to take on invitational side Libya at 4pm in Machakos today in a match that will be preceded by an early encounter between Zanzibar and Tanzania, Hey insists his aim was to use the tournament as part of their preparation for next year’s continental showpiece in Morocco.

 “First of all, I would like to congratulate Zanzibar for the win. They have complicated everything for us. But it was a good test and learning experience for our players. “We are here for a learning process, getting the players ready for Chan and see what options we have in the future,” said Hey after the 3-1 defeat to Zanzibar on Tuesday.

Today’s Cecafa Fixtures Tanzania v Zanzibar Machakos (2pm) Rwanda v Libya Machakos (4pm) “Of course this is not the type of performance I expected on my return to Kenya. It is not good to lose but, it is more important for me to give young players a chance to learn. “We don’t to go to Morocco, play in front of the whole continent and be kicked out of the tournament in the group stages. My responsibility is to build options for the players we have and give them a chance.” He was, however, gracious in conceding that his team is far from being ready for Chan.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
It's win or perish for Kenya: Tanzania coach declares ‘war’ on hosts ahead of tie

Already eliminated Taifa Stars aim to stop Harambee Stars from advancing to semifinals.

Stage set for Kenya Pipeline Thange races: Kenya Pipeline Thange cross country on tomorrow

Maikuu primary and secondary school grounds in Kinyambu, Makueni County, will be the battleground during the second edition of the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) cross country tomorrow.

Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia great Thigo: Clubs should shun mediocrity or perish

Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia great Allan Thigo has challenged local football clubs to celebrate their former players, look up to them and embrace best management practices as a step towards full professionalism.

Celtic fans could face the wrath of FIFA again

Football fans supporting the Scottish champions Celtic may be poised to be fined after they engaged in yet another political expression during a match pitting Celtic and Hibernian at Edinburg Easter Road on Sunday.

Rugby: Shujaa cornered in Cape Town

Kenya lost 19-17 to Samoa in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinal of the second leg of the Cape Town Sevens yesterday.

Athletics: Njeru and Kiprop top Safaricom Imenti race

London marathon pacemaker Pauline Njeru’s three-year dominance at the Safaricom Imenti South 15km champion came to an abrupt end as she surrendered the race title at Nkubu in Meru yesterday.

More Stories
It's win or perish for Kenya: Tanzania coach declares ‘war’ on hosts ahead of tie

Already eliminated Taifa Stars aim to stop Harambee Stars from advancing to semifinals.

Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia great Thigo: Clubs should shun mediocrity or perish

Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia great Allan Thigo has challenged local football clubs to celebrate their former players, look up to them and embrace best management practices as a step towards full professionalism.

Athletics: Njeru and Kiprop top Safaricom Imenti race

London marathon pacemaker Pauline Njeru’s three-year dominance at the Safaricom Imenti South 15km champion came to an abrupt end as she surrendered the race title at Nkubu in Meru yesterday.

Guardiola takes swipe at Mourinho over penalty claim

Pep Guardiola told Jose Mourinho to stop blaming refereeing decisions for Manchester United's derby misery against Manchester City.

Mourinho: City were lucky but title race is over

Jose Mourinho admitted the Premier League title race is all but over after Manchester City delivered a hammer blow to Manchester United's challenge with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Manchester City beat Manchester United to set a new record

City's win at a snowy Old Trafford was their 14th in succession in the Premier League, breaking the record of 13 successive league wins in a single season set by Blues, Gunners, Preston and Sunderland.

Jurgen Klopp approached the referee at the final whistle

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slammed referee Craig Pawson for the controversial penalty decision that allowed Everton to escape with a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Man City down title rivals Man Utd

Manchester City surged 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Nicolas Otamendi's strike clinched a crucial 2-1 win at title rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Latest Premier League 2017/2018 Table, Results

View Premier League 2017/2018 Table, Results

Manchester United squad vs Man City revealed

Manchester United squad vs Man City revealed