We needed our experienced players, Okumbi hits out as All Stars return

We needed our experienced players, Okumbi hits out as All Stars return
  • The KPL All Stars side that lost 2-1 to EPL side Hull City returned to the country on Wednesday 1st March.
  • Coach Okumbi had hailed Stars despite widespread criticism over his team selection.
  • The national team coach was accused of preferring experienced players over the upcoming ones.
  • All Stars will welcome Hull City in a return leg friendly next July in Nairobi.

Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has hit out at those who have been criticising the just concluded international friendly match pitting Kenyan Premier League (KPL) All versus English Premier side Hull City Select XI on Monday 27th February.

The tactician upon touching down with his side in the morning of Wednesday 1st March, Okumbi instead praised what the so-called Veterans did during that match.

READ ALSO: History maker Humphrey Mieno lauds perfect experience in All Stars defeat

“Do they even know who the man of the match was? Of course not. Osborne Monday played very well and rightful was given the accolade. Sometimes we should have a valid argument before rushing out,” Okumbi hit out.

“Another experienced player Humphrey Mieno did brilliantly well and even making history in the process by becoming the first Kenyan to score in English soil while playing for a Kenyan team. I will not apologise for doing my job,” the soft-spoken Okumbi raged.

Hull City and All Stars players pose for a group photo after the match that was staged at the KCOM stadium. (Photo Hull City)

Okumbi further said stage flight was undoing for most of the young players selected in the starting eleven as was supported by the opponents running over his side, perhaps the interval difference was not reflective with Keeper Patric Matasi putting an extra shift to prevent an embarrassing score line.

READ ALSO: Harambee Stars in line for Cranes and DR Congo friendly matches

In the historic match, Okumbi’s side played against the Premier league club’s youth team where they trailed 2-0 at the interval with substitute Elliot Holmes and an own goal from Haron Shakava the scorers.  Mieno could score late on to half the scores at the KCOM stadium.

Harambee Stars Coach Stanely Okumbi has defended his team selection in the just concluded international friendly with EPL side Hull City (File photo)

The former Mathare United boss, however, had kind remarks saying given time the team e is building can qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as he tries to blend raw players with experienced ones.

With the return leg friendly set for next July here in Nairobi, All Stars have sufficient time if their dreams of inflicting a defeat to their tactically superior opponents are to be realised.

READ ALSO: All Stars team will be used for selecting national team, head coach says

 

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