Harambee stars fell to one of their their lowest points yet when they were beaten at home by Guinea Bissau, a team ranked 40 places below them in the FIFA rankings. It marks the second time that Stars have lost t Guinea Bissau this week.
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Kenya is virtually out of the running for a place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals after losing 1-0 to Guinea Bissau in a qualifier in Nairobi on Sunday.
Sanchez Semedo Cicero Casmiro’s contentious goal nine minutes from time handed Stars its third loss in four games leaving them bottom of group E with one point.
The hosts are also set to face sanctions after crowd trouble saw the match stopped for over half an hour as fans protested the awarding of Bissau’s goal.
Police had to fire teargas to disperse irate fans who bayed for the referee’s blood as well as the country’s football officials.
Having lost 1-0 to the visitors last weekend, Stars needed victory to keep alive their faint hopes of earning a place in Gabon next year but after wasting chances, they were undone by a sucker punch nine minutes from time.
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Coach Stanley Okumbi will again be on the spotlight after he gambled by withdrawing two defenders and throwing on attackers as he sought to chase the game only for his side to be caught out at the back in cruel fashion.
He made four changes to the side with Joackins Atudo, Teddy Akumu, Paul Were and Dennis Odhiambo handed starting berths.
The home side looked purposeful and assured dominating possession in the early stages. The first sniff on goal came in the 21 minutes when Clifton Miheso headed an Odhiambo cross over the bar.
Two minutes later, Wanyama sent Were through down the right but his cross was cleared by a combination of the Guinea keeper Mendes and defender Silva.
On 24 minutes, Miheso cross was half cleared with Akumu forcing the keeper to a low save from 25 yards.
Kenya was on the up and Michael Olunga flashed a right footed effort just wide on the half hour mark.
Wanyama followed with a long range effort four minutes before halftime while Olunga miskicked from six yards out.
There was still time for Wanyama to fire another shot narrowly wide before the breather.
Okumbi made a tactical switch at halftime bringing on Jesse Were for James Situma and moving to a 3-4-3 formation.
Olunga had Kenya’s best chance to score four minutes after resumption but his header trickled wide of a gaping goal.
Stars peppered they Guinea goal with Wanyama, Omollo and Olunga all trying their luck but none troubled Mendes.
Okumbi made his second change of the afternoon withdrawing Brian Mandela for Eric Johana.
It meant that Kenya had only two defenders on the pitch and the visitors sounded a warning bell on 68 minutes when Cicero forced Arnold Origi to a fine save after a well constructed counter.
Odhiambo then made a last ditch tackle on 76 minutes as Stars struggled to find balance.
The goal arrived nine minutes from time when a corner found its way to Casmiro at the far post and though Origi saved his effort, the assistant referee deemed that the ball had crossed the line.
The decision prompted furious reaction from Origi and the Kenyan players and the crowd soon joined in throwing projectiles onto the pitch and forcing security to fire teargas onto the stands and disperse them.
Play was then halted for a lengthy period and when it resumed, the visitors easily saw off the remaining six minutes for their second over Kenya in five days.
Starting XI: 1.Arnold Origi (GK), 2.James Situma,( 9.Jesse Were 46’) 21.Joackins Atudo, 5.Brian Mandela,( 10.Eric Johannah 78’) 3.Dennis Odhiambo, 6.Anthony Akumu, 12.Victor Wanyama (C), 19.Paul Were, 8.Johanna Omollo, 13.Clifton Miheso,( 7.Ovellah Ochieng 85) 14.Michael Olunga.
Unused subs: 18.Boniface Oluoch (GK), 4.Musa Mohammed, 11.Patillah Omoto,, 16.David King’atua,
Starting XI: 1.Jonas Mendes, 2. Emanuel Gomis Mendy, 5. Rudinilson B. E Silva, 14, Juary Marinho Suares, 18. Paqueti Brito E Silva, 10. Ca Bocundji [C],( 6. Mendes Eridson 46’) 11. Nanisio J. Mendes Soares, 7. Jose Mendes Lopes, 16. Agosthino Suares, 9. Sanches Cicero Casmiro, 20. Idrissa Camara
Subs: 12 Rui Camara Dabo, 3. Lassana Camara, 4. Beto Tomas Catiane, , 19. Ansumane Junior, 21. Bruno Gomis, 22. Muhammed Cande