Harambee Stars head coach Bobby Williamson was a cornered man after the national team managed a dull 0 – 0 draw with Mauritius in the first round, second leg 2018 World Cup qualifier staged at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
The coach was put to task and had to explain why he left a number of senior players out of the Sunday 11 October game, with the tea expected to secure a comfortable win.
He said the mere reason that the team held a comfortable lead from the first leg was enough justification to leave Anthony Akumu, Harun Shakava and David Ochieng on the bench and he noted that they all had bookings and ran the risk of missing the next game, which was a more important one.
“All three of them were booked in the first leg match and since the tie was all but won, we could not risk them because we have a tougher test awaiting in the second round against Cape Verde.
“I would have been a big disaster for us if they played and got booked meaning they miss the second round,” the coach said.
The coach had David Owino and Brian Mandela both starting in defence after missing the trip to Mauritius for the first leg while in the midfield Eric Johanna and Kevin Amwayi also got rare starts.