Harambee Stars strike Guinea’s ‘National Thunder’ in Machakos


Duncan Otieno (L) of Harambee Stars challenges Njabulo Ndlovu of Swaziland during their International Friendly ...
Duncan Otieno (L) of Harambee Stars challenges Njabulo Ndlovu of Swaziland during their International Friendly match at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on May 25, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Pistone Mutamba scored the lone goal as battling Harambee Stars picked a timely 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in low-profile friendly match on Monday at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
  • Mutamba who begun from the bench as the Stars went down 0-1 to Swaziland last Friday at the same venue, guided Ovella Ochieng's cross into the net in the 73rd minute to hand French man Sebastien Migne his first win since taking over as Stars coach.

Pistone Mutamba scored the lone goal as battling Harambee Stars picked a timely 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in low-profile friendly match on Monday at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Mutamba who begun from the bench as the Stars went down 0-1 to Swaziland last Friday at the same venue guided Ovella Ochieng’s cross into the net in the 73rd minute to hand French man Sebastien Migne his first win since taking over as Stars coach.

Guinea are lowly ranked at position 123 in the Fifa grid, but they gave fair share of trouble to the Stars who are ranked 111.

The Stars are gearing up for a September date against Ghana’s Black Stars in an African Cup of Nations qualifier and the Frenchman Migne is using the build-up matches to gauge his squad.

The match began rather on a slow pace with the home side seemingly coy  on being caught on the break.

In a bid to tighten his defence, Migne handed unattached former Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohamed and he copes well in the challenges.

Speaking to Citizen Digital after the match, the Frenchman expressed his delight at the win, showering his charges with praise.

“I congratulate my players for the win but I’ll have a talk with them later on.There are several things we must rectify before the trip to India .I however like their sense of commitment,”he said adding that “we have to go an extra mile for nothing good comes on a silver-platter.”

Kenya Starting XI

18. Patrick Matasi ,2. Joackins Atudo ,6. Philemon Otieno ,15. Musa Mohammed ,5. Joash Onyango ,3. Erick Ouma 17. Duncan Otieno ,11. Whyvonne Isuza ,10. Francis Kahata ,13. Kenneth Muguna ,9. Pistone Mutamba

Substitutes

1. Bonface Oluoch ,22. Timothy Odhiambo ,16. Timothy Omwenga ,12. Harun Sharkava ,23. Jafari Owiti ,19. Chrispine Oduor ,14. Humphrey Mieno ,20. Ovella Ochieng ,8. Patillah Omotto,4. Mike Kibwage ,21. Otieno Omurwa

Equatorial Guinea XI

1. Felipe Ovono (GK), 2. Federico Obana, 3. Cosme Anvene, 4. Fernando Rui Da Gracia, 15. Esteban Orozco, 8. Valeriano Nchama, 10. Federico Bicoro, 22. Pablo Ganet, 6. Iban Salvador, 9. Nicolas Kata Senga, 11. Basilio Ndong

Equatorial Guinea Substitutes:

13. Pascacio Ebea (GK), 25. Pensy Achille, 18. Luis Enrique Nsue, 20. Mariano Ondo, 7. Benjamin Edu Ndong, 16. Saul Coco Bassey, 17. Pedro Asu Mbengono

 

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