Amumba brace fires Kenya to Roll Ball WC quarters


Kenya men's team players strategize against Uganda during the 3rd East African Roll ball championship ...
Kenya men's team players strategize against Uganda during the 3rd East African Roll ball championship at the Safaricom Kasarani Indoor Arena on May 08, 2016. Kenya team beat Uganda 5-3 in the finals. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The Kenya men’s team sailed to the quarter finals of the 2017 Roll Ball World Cup after a nail-biting 5-4 victory over Argentina in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The win saw the Kenyans keep their dreams of bettering their fourth-place finish from the last edition in Pune, India after progressing to the last eight against the Argentines who have been in free scoring form.

The Kenyans had stream rolled their three previous opponents in the fourth edition of the Roll Ball World Cup in dismissing Senegal 4-0, Sri Lanka 5-0 and their 5-3 dismissal of former champions Denmark.

They were then awarded a walkover win after Philippines failed to show up for their encounter.

Against Argentina, the Kenyans looked on course for another routine victory with first half goals from Kelvin Bwile, Moses Atenya and Joseph Alukhala giving Coach Jared Onyango’s charges the advantage at the break.

But with the job halfway done, Argentina stormed back with three quick strikes in the second to set up a tense finish.

With the scores level, a late brace from Allan Amumba thwarted their opponent’s comeback.

They will now face Latvia in the last eight while defending champions, the women’s team will battle it out with neighbours Uganda later in the day for a place in the quarters.

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