Despite high hopes and much hype, Victor Wanyama’s Kenya looked a bit flat in their opening game against Algeria.
Disappointing as that was, nobody was as disappointed as Tanzanian lawmakers who travelled to Egypt for the Senegal match.
They returned home unhappy with the diet and allowances of the national squad coached by former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike.
Yep, that’s where we’re at with this tournament. We quote.
“It is important for our footballers to have enough food to face a team like Senegal,” said parliament speaker Job Ndugai.
“Taifa Stars, the national team, is the government team. The government has to invest money in the national team,” added Juma Nkamia from the ruling party.
Opposition member Pascal Haonga said: “Paying a derisory per diem is partly responsible for the loss. According to our information, they each receive $100 instead of 300.”
But coach Amunike had a different take on the defeat: “We lacked the experience and quality of Senegal, made a lot of mistakes and were naive.”
With that twilight zone entered, over to the actual football. Kenya need a win to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Prediction, head-to-head and TV stream
Thursday night’s final Africa Cup of Nations match is tricky
to predict. Kenya are favourites with a 42% win probability. The draw is the
next most likely outcome at 31% while a win for Tanzania is at 27%.
A long running rivalry between these two sides with 44
previous meetings. Kenya have won 20, drawn 14 and Tanzania have 14 wins.
Where and what time to watch
Kick off is at 22:00 SAST.
In Africa, SuperSport 4 and 10 will broadcast the match and
the opening ceremony.
Elsewhere: Eurosport Player (UK) and beIN Sports Connect