After a 15-year exile from the African Cup of Nations, Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has lamented at his side's lack of experience at the big stage following the 2-0 loss to Algeria.
Kenya went down in the 34th minute when Dennis Odhiambo hacked down Youcef Atal inside the penalty area with the referee pointing to the spot as Baghdad Bounedjah held his nerve to convert, sending Patrick Matasi the wrong way. Riyadh Mahrez doubled The Desert Foxes' advantage three minutes from the break with a shot that was deflected in by Abud Omar.
Speaking in a press conference after the game, Migne blamed the loss on lack of experience, "We simply missed the experience to take the battle to Algeria and also some of my players were afraid since they were playing in the big stage for the first time.
"We did not play our usual game and it was difficult for me to recognize my team and at this stage, if you don’t show up and play your usual style, then you will definitely lose. After we gave away the penalty for the first goal and also conceded the second, I knew it will be difficult for us to come up and get something from the tie. We gave them too much space and they used that to punish us at the end."
Kenya next take on Tanzania on Thursday 27th June as they seek to bounce back from the opening defeat.