As expected, Kenya pulled off a heroic comeback to beat Tanzania in a 3-2 thriller in Egypt. Harambee Stars secured a much deserved win after a terrible start. Having been drawn in one of the toughest groups in the 2019 AFCON, you have to give this team credit for keeping their round of 16 qualification hopes alive. They put up a showdown like never before after falling 2-0 in their opener match to Algeria. Yesterdays win, showcased the Stars’ potential and weaknesses at the same time. Here is an in-depth look at the team’s performance:
Harambee Stars lack a suitable right back
As much as this sounds mean to the players, this is a fact. In our opening match against Algeria, Kenya struggled with their right back, Philemon Otieno. In fact, the second goal came as a result of Philemon Otieno’s bad positioning. Good thing is, the coach realized this and switched him with David Owino, who is a natural center back in the second game against Tanzania. However, he was also at fault for both the goals that were scored in the game. In conclusion, we lack a right back!
Eric Ouma has earned himself a starting spot
Eric Ouma, who is based in Sweden, started this game and was fantastic throughout the entire 90 minutes. It was a mistake he didn’t start the Algeria match for sure. He really assisted with pushing the attack and allowing the likes of Wanyama to push forward whenever he sank deep in the defense.
Francis Kahata doesn’t deserve a starting position
The talented midfielder isn’t just at his best during this 2019 AFCON. The midfielder has really struggled in both games and had to come out in the first half in this Tanzania game. He has failed to deliver during both games that he has started and had to be subbed in the early stages of the game. Whether he will relive his form in the Senegal game, remains in doubt.
The future is Joseph Okumu
Joseph Okumu is Kenya’s future Koulibaly! The youngster proved be is a solid rock in defense amidst other experienced players like Abud Omar, Musa Mohammed and David Owino. He showed that he could lead that defense by commanding the aces at the back quite well. He made some very important deceptions during the game including, Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta’s goal bound effort.
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Omollo is the midfield Maestro
Omollo, who plays in Belgium showed his masterclass yesterday for sure! He showed unimaginable composure and possession in the midfield. He helped Victor Wanyama hold the midfield and start the attacking possession. He wasn’t also afraid to push forward as an attacking midfielder when need arose. He scored a vital leveler which pushed Kenya to the 3-2 win.
Olunga is the real deal
The Japan based striker brought his masterclass to Egypt! Olunga is lethal with the ball! Just when you need the goals most, just pass Olunga the ball. He scored what would qualify for goal of the tournament in his first half leveler. The team believed in him and he didn’t let them down either. Harambee Stars will rely on the striker heavily during their final group stage match against Senegal.