03 September 2017 02:07
Mozambique were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Kenya in a friendly played on Saturday (2 September 2017) at the Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto in Maputo.
The encounter to prepare the two teams for future assignments notably the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019 qualifiers saw the Mambas yet again fail to appease the local fans after their ouster by Madagascar in the run for Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018.
After a barren first half, Mozambique captain Elias Pelembe, fondly called ‘Dominguez’ broke the deadlock on 58 minutes before Eric Johanna stunned the partisan crowd with the leveler seven minutes from time.
Abel Xavier (Head Coach, Mozambique)
It was a competitive game where my team had some problems of concentration and that allowed Kenya to believe and approached our goal a few times. In the second half, we created goal opportunities that led to Dominguez opening the scores. Also, we missed many chances to score.
Elias Pelembe ‘Dominguez’ (Captain, Mozambique)
We lost concentration in the crucial moment and it allowed Kenya to equalize. We are disappointed because we expected to win this game as a gift to the fans. We hope to make amends in the next game. We did not comply to the instructions of the coach, and we were held up in a game we controlled.
Stanley Okumbi (Head Coach, Kenya)
We were intelligent in controlling the Mozambican key players. The game was under control until the 58 minutes, when a misunderstanding between our goalkeeper and the defender saw us concede for the first time. It is an important exercise because we had nine key players who were absent playing on duty with the CHAN team.
David Owino (Captain, Kenya)
We were concentrated until the first goal by Mozambique. Nevertheless, it was good that we managed to score and draw the game. We were intelligent in closing down their main players, and they did not have clear opportunities to score. We are happy with the result.