The Gor Mahia midfielder was substituted yet again as Harambee Stars went on to beat Tanzania 3-2 in the East African derby
Kenyan coach Sebastien Migne has admitted that midfielder Francis Kahata struggled against Tanzania but insisted his early substitution was a tactical one.
The Gor Mahia star was not at his best as Harambee Stars lost 2-0 to Algeria in the Group C opener and on Thursday, and he was substituted with few minutes left to half-time as Kenya went on to beat Tanzania 3-2 in the East African derby.
â€œIt was a tactical change, not against Kahata, I proved it was one of my best players since Iâ€™m here in the country,â€ Migne told Goal in an interview.
â€œItâ€™s a little bit more difficult for him in this tournament, sometimes when players start the game not so well, itâ€™s difficult for him to come back. at this time, we were losing, and the right thing for me to do at this moment was to put a second striker to try and cause trouble for the Tanzania team.â€
Migne has also praised young Sofapaka striker John Avire, who came on for Kahata in the second match of Group C.
â€œSo many times some coaches are afraid of that [fielding young players], but when you are a talented player, even young players, you can miss some experience, but if you have a talent, and the belief, you can bring something for the team, and today [Thursday]Â we proved that.â€
Harambee Stars will play Senegal in their final match on Monday, hoping for a win that wouldÂ seal their place in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in their history.