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Match reactions: Playing Mbesuma was not a gamble

George Lwandamina (Chipolopolo coach) –

It was a good victory. It wasn’t an easy game; playing away from home and with some new players in the team, it was great to see them withstand the pressure.

Our opponents played long balls to avoid our midfield but it worked against them because that kind of play can be good for anyone

On Mbesuma –

Playing Mbesuma was not a gamble. He is doing fine at his club in South Africa so I invited him so he could add value to the team and his contribution proved worthwhile. His experience was good for the team today.

On David Owino who plays for Zesco United and featured for Kenya

At the club, I play him in the middle and that is where he is best. Today, they misplaced him playing at right back but all the same I feel he did very well there as well, overlapping and covering his position. We ensured he was totally engaged throughout the match and somehow managed to give him some extra work.

He knows me and my tactics and maybe he would have beaten me at that but I am happy that I was the last one smiling

Bobby Williamson (Harambee Stars coach)

We started very well but we defended badly although to be fair they worked hard and fought well. But the frailty is in how we conceded the goals and that’s disappointing

Our defenders definitely were not as precise as they should have and we did do very well as we did in Congo. I thought Dennis [Oliech] was my best pick to start rather than bring him later but obviously these guys could have played better than that but that’s just football.

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