‘Sierra Leone pitch is not good for football’


… Kenya coach blast

June 12, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr

Dejected…Coach Okumbi had expected a win against Leone Stars

Aftermath of Sierra Leone’s win, Head coach of Kenya national team, Stanley Okumbi, was very dissatisfied with the Siaka Steven Stadium’s pitch, which he branded as ‘an unplayable pitch’.

The Harambe Stars gaffer, in a post-match interview in Freetown, said the Sierra Leone pitch was one factor they walked away with 2-1 defeat, adding that it affected their game plan and possession.

“It was tough for us because we played in an unplayable pitch. The pitch is not good to play football,” Stanley Okumbi said and congratulated Sierra Leone for the winner.

The Harambee Stars went into Saturday’s tie as the favourites but went down 2-1 to a well determined Sierra Leone side that are desperate to end their 21 years spell without playing at the highest African football tournament.

Slovenia based attacking midfielder, Julius Wobay low finish in the 22nd minute gave Sierra Leone the lead before skipper, Umaru Bangura, doubled the lead in the second half from the penalty spot, after Kei Kamara was brought down by Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.

Ten men Kenya level secured a consolation goal from Michael Olunga, who struck a spectacular free-kick late in the second half.