Monday Mar 15, 2021. 14:00
Kenya national team coach Jacob Mulee has praised the progress made by South Sudan after the teams met in a friendly match this past weekend.
The Harambee Stars defeated the Shining Stars 1-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday, with Elvis Rupia netting the goal.
Both teams were using the clash as preparation for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Kenya are set to face Egypt at home and Togo away in their final two Group G matches, while South Sudan will tackle Malawi at home and Burkina Faso away in Group B.
“It was a tough game because South Sudan have really made huge strides forward in recent years,” Mulee is quoted by Goal.
“They are a good team and [in the 1-0 win over Uganda] in the [Africa Cup of Nations] qualifiers they showed it.
“Rupia was lively from the first whistle, he has pushed himself well from the start and I am happy he managed to score.
“If maybe he would have come off without scoring maybe it might have lowered his confidence.
“He scored at a crucial time, when we were about to substitute him, but the good thing is that we won and I am happy it happened so.”
‘Ghost’ Mulee added: “I am satisfied with what I saw considering the fact that some players were making their debut and being an international match they have done well.”