Harambee Stars Outshine the Taifa Stars as Olunga Makes History

Kenya survived a first half scare from Taifa Stars of Tanzania as the team twice came from behind to bag a 3-2 win over their East Africa neighbours.

A Kenyan Defensive lapse gifted Tanzania an early lead courtesy of Simon Msuva.

Kenya was however able to go level courtesy of the talismanic Michael Olunga.

Kenya’s celebrations were however short lived after Belgium based Mbwana Samatta gave his team a 2-1 half-time lead.

Johanna Omollo and Olunga were however at the right places at the right times to score a goal each to give Kenya a 3-2 win, a win that revives the team’s hopes of making it past the group stages.

Ahead of the clash, Coach Migne rang the changes that saw Johanna Omollo, David Owino and Eric Ouma come in for Eric Johanna, Philemon Otieno and Dennis Odhiambo who were all part of the Kenyan team that lost 2-0 to Algeria in Kenya’s opening match.

Kenya started the game on a good note only for Tanzania to take the lead in the 6th Minute after a terrific strike from Samatta was not well cleared by Matasi who could only managed to gift it to Msuva who made no mistake from the box.

Harambee Stars continued to press for the goals with Eric Ouma going close in the 13th Minute. Tanzanian shot stopper Aisha Manula was however up to the task to help maintain the Taifa Stars’ lead.

Kenya continued to press but the goals weren’t just coming. Coach Migne then made a tactical change that saw him pull out Francis Kahata with Sofapaka’s John Avire taking his place.

Avire won a free kick as Kenya went for a counter attack having been fouled in the process.

The free kick was delivered in and Manula failed to clear it, and it eventually fell to Olunga whose bicycle kick found the back of the net.

Kenya’s celebrations did not last long as Tanzania took the lead courtesy of Captain Mbwana Samatta in the 40th Minute.

Samatta’s goal could be blamed on Kenyan keeper Patrick Matasi who moved away from his goal in search of the ball with this enabling Samatta to fire a low ball to an empty net.

Tanzania went to the break with a precious lead. Kenya on the other hand had more questions than answers knowing very well that as things stood, their campaign was as good as over.

The team however made amends in the second half and this bore fruits in the 62nd minute, with Johanna Omollo heading home a Ayub Timbe corner delivery past Keeper Manula.

The Kenyan Stars Finally took the lead in the 81st Minute with a brilliant low drive strike by Michael Olunga helping the team bag the all important three points.

Olunga’s heroics had him named as the Total Man of the Match.

Kenya will next take on Senegal knowing that a win over the Terenga Lions will all but help them book a place in the next round.

As for Tanzania, they got pride to play for when they face the Algerian Desert Foxes in their final Group Match.