Kenya ready to upset Senegal

Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal is challenged by Riyad Mahrez of Algeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Senegal and Algeria at 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 27 June 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

After an unexpected defeat to Algeria that affected them much, top African ranks Senegal has to face Kenya on Monday (1 July 2019) to guarantee their 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages spot. On the other side, Kenya’s Harambee Stars look confident that they can cause a shock and upset Senegal’s Teranga Lions.

Aliou Cissé's Senegal, tournament favorites, will have to get up against Kenya, the team that are still buoyant after their "historic" win over Tanzania (3-2).

For this match against the Harambee Stars, Senegal will play without Salif Sané, Alfred N'diaye and Youssouf Sabally, all injured. A stuff that may affect the tactical scheme of the Senegalese coach even with a bench provided by good players. Cissé will also be able to count on his star striker Sadio Mané who missed the first match of the competition through suspension and had little to do against Algeria.

Kenya’s coach Sébastien Migné will be able to count on his full strength to face the Teranga Lions. The Kenyans, who won their first ever AFCON match, will play their all-out game for a good result, synonymous with a historic qualification for the second round of the competition.

The Group C ultimate day game is played at the Cairo based 30 June Stadium. Already qualified Algeria face eliminated Tanzania at a simultaneous kickoff (21:00 local time, 19:00 GMT) at Al Salam Stadium, Cairo.

What they said

Sébastien Migné (Coach, Kenya)

We are going to play against the number one team in Africa. It's a team that has some very talented players and some of them are of the best players in the world. For us, it is already a privilege to play in the 2019 Total AFCON. Our destiny is in our hands, and it is up to us to draw on our strengths to give ourselves fully and to do what we have done in the past, like when we defeated Ghana during the qualifiers.

Johanna Omolo (Player, Kenya)

Kenya has not been involved in AFCON for a long time. For a first participation for us, players, we are happy to have managed to win the match against Tanzania. We want to write a new page for Kenyan football. We have the motivation and determination, and we need to transform all this to make a good result and gain the three points.

Aliou Cissé (Coach, Senegal)

We are determined to win, because we want stay in Egypt until 19 July, the date of the final. The defeat (against Algeria) was a warning for us but we are prepared to make a good result and win against Kenya. Players should not be judged on one match but on the entire tournament. It's up to us to prove that we are a good and great team that can win the tournament. We have to play with a winning mentality and prove we are the best in Africa.

Sada Thioub (Player, Senegal)

We have to get up after the defeat against Algeria. Every match in Africa is complicated but we are ready to fight to go as far as possible, and the victory against Kenya is more than imperative to ensure our qualification and defend our status as title favorites.