SLIM ADVANTAGE FOR HARAMBEE STARS’ – KENYA 1-0 CAPE VERDE
Harambee Stars will carry a slim win to Cape Verde for the
return leg of World Cup qualifier after they edged out the Blue
Sharks 1-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Friday.
Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga scored for Kenya in the 9th
minute after heading home a cross from Clifford Miheso.
Kenya dictated the game in both halves and should blames
themselves for not registering a convincing victory ahead of
the return leg set for Tuesday.
Olunga was quick off the mark and should have scored early on
had Kay Carlos not stopped him. The assistant referee was
unfair in denying Kenya an early corner. Then Cape Verde
danger man Jorge Djanimy had a shot at the Kenyan goal.
Djanimy has scored six goals for Cape Verde this season and he
was always going to give the Kenyan backline trouble.
But in the 9th minute, it was Kenya, who went ahead first with
Olunga heading home a well delivered cross from Clifftone
Miheso. It was the third goal for the Gor Mahia forward and
the ball found him perfectly placed to score. The goal looked
to have rattled the visitors, who resorted to putting long balls
behind the Kenyan backline but this was dealt with well by
Haroun Shakava and David Owino.
The move did not work and it was the home side, who got the
first corner in the 21st minute with a second coming after ten
minutes as Harambee Stars looked to dominate the game.
Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama was cautioned though it
looked like Anthony Akumu, who should have been punished as
he was the one, who had brought down Marco Suarez.
The visitors then resorted to pushing back the Kenyan backline
but they went too far inside and were always caught in an off-
side position. Mendes always caught in an offside position and
Stars’ were glad to go to the break with a slim lead.
On resumption Kenya rested Clifftone Miheso for Kevin
Amwayi and continued to control the proceedings. At the hour
mark, Victor Wanyama nearly scored second goal but his well
taken forced a finger tip save from Josima Dias in the Cape
Kenya were in trouble six minutes after that when Jorge
Djanimy was denied by the wood work after beating Boniface
Oluoch in goal with a long effort. That move once again
exposed the frailty of the Kenyan backline. Kenya dominated
the last few minutes of the game with Cape Verde looking to
have been affected by the local weather and will have to wait
for the second leg to overturn the result.