Kenya’s hopes of defending the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup died prematurely after being knocked out by minnows Eritrea in the semifinals of the tournament.
The Harambee Stars were humiliated by Eritrea after a comprehensive 4-1 victory to set up a final clash against Uganda on Thursday.
Kenya’s head coach Francis Kimanzi has now acknowledged that Eritrea were the better side and deserved to win their semi-final clash on Tuesday.
“We lost the semis battle because Eritrea were better than us,” Kimanzi said before adding.
“They got everything they did right, and our plan never worked as they stopped us from playing one usual way.
“It was a knockout match and you are not in a good position when you concede four goals, it was difficult for us to recover, we gave them too much respect and they used it to punish us, they were better than us,” he added.
Kimanzi also disclosed that they conceded easy goals which complicated matters for them despite trying hard to push for a win.
“We conceded goals which we should have done better to deal with, it was silly mistakes and now we have lost. We tried our best to press and attack them but immediately they got a chance, it was a goal for them.”
Kenya will now battle it out with Tanzania in the third-place play-off game which will be played at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Thursday.