We can beat Nigeria in Nairobi, says Kenyan Team Manager

Kenya accuses officiating referee in the match against Nigeria of favoritism.

The Team Manager of the Harambee Stars of Kenya, Ali Rehan, said his team can beat Nigeria in Nairobi, the Kenya capital city, in the return leg of their World Cup qualifying match.

Nigeria forced Kenya to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on March 23.

Mr. Rehan said in Calabar on Sunday that their game plan of carrying the day worked.

He, however, lamented that the referee was unfair to his team, especially the marching order given to their coach, Adel Amrouche.

He said their coach did not deserve the red card the referee gave him.

“The referee was bad from the word go. They took off our coach for what? But you see, we respect Nigeria very much as our big brothers. We respect Nigeria very much,” he said.

Mr. Rehan said the Kenyan contingent was not properly received by their Nigerian counterparts when they arrived in Lagos, en-route Calabar for the match.

However, the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Association, Chris Green, said allegations made by the Kenyans are untrue.

He said the Kenyans were making the allegations to maltreat the Super Eagles in the return match in Nairobi.


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