Abondo in action as Stars sink to Zanzibar

Ali Abondo had not featured in the Harambee Stars starting line up since the CHAN qualifier against Ethiopia. His return was an unhappy one as Stars were beaten 3-1 by Zanzibar. He was the only Gor Mahia player fielded in the starting line-up. Coach Bobby Williamson appeared to under-rate the Zanzibaris and fielded a decidedly different squad than the one that played in the opening two games.

Just as was the case against Cape Verde, a good start by Harambee Stars was ruined because players were demoralized. This time it was due to unpaid allowances that saw the players threaten not to play.

Additional reporting courtesy of the Nation

Suleiman Kassim bagged a brace for the Heroes striking in the 45th and 75th minutes of the game while Khamis Mcha Khamis was also on target in the 57th minute to inflict Kenya with a painful defeat.

Substitute Jacob Keli pulled Kenya’s late consolation. “We are extremely disappointed. We never looked comfortable today,” Williamson said. More embarrassing for the Stars is the fact that the Zanzibar Heroes had been the whipping boys of the group losing 1-0 to Burundi and 4-0 to Uganda Cranes.

Stars build-up to yesterday’s game was overshadowed by demands for allowances and subtle threats not to honour the match.

Anthony “Teddy” Akumu was deployed as the sole defensive midfielder in the new-look 4-1-3-2 formation that saw Jesse Were and Allan Wanga partner upfront while Kevin Kimani and Kevin Amwayi operated on the wings allowing Ali Abondo to play centrally behind the strikers.

However, Kenya’s tactics failed to work and Williamson summoned Michael Olunga and Eric Johanna respectively fo Were and Amwayi in the second half but there was no way out. It was left to late sub Keli to net the consolation goal.

8 thoughts on “Abondo in action as Stars sink to Zanzibar

  1. Shakava, Musa? Later on Olunga. Lesson for Bobby, never underrate any national team, they always play to defend their country

    1. Without discipline n good attitude u cant make in life. U will always be a failure these is what is lacking in footballers of Kenya.mark u bobby Williamson might leave one day but u will be surprised to see him coaching big teams n getting big results me stopped blaming BW long time ago when I discovered the inadequacy of discipline in Hs.

      The only footballer that can go far n wide in his footballing career is Michael Olunga ogada because he has better attitude.disciplined.diligent.humble n educated mind. Hard worker . Coz he hails from OTORO around nyamusi bordering nyamira county n homabay county. Here kids share either a kisii or luo grandmother or grandfather n speak fluent gusii n dholuo. N here you get good n humble people like olunga

      1. i think Olunga is a pure Luo, look at his heifht and colour plus the accent, Luos are known for footbal, kisiss , kikuyus, kalenjins are known for marathons. Anyway i never have hope for harambee, wat i know is Gor, Guys sign Eric Jojana, n Cheche

  2. It’s a Gor site and we are here to glorify everything Gor Mahia…we have no apologies to make Ingo. If you want consistency you are at liberty to go look for it in other sites…leave us in peace and take your idleness to the afc site…if you have any that is!!

    1. Oswozo, stop being narrow minded. I promise you one thing; Admin wants as much audience for this website as possible. If that is to happen, a certain style of writing must be adopted for each story e.g., Harambee Stars stories should reflect the nation and not just Gor mahia players

  3. HOW AM I LONGING FOR MASTER. FARUK MIYA FROM UGANDA TO STRENGTHEN K’OGALO’S STRIKING FORCES. PLAYING CLUB CHAMPIOSHIP IS NOT A CHILD PLAY. AS OTHER PEOPLE TEND TO THINK. I DID WACH THE MATCH BETWEEN TP MAZEMBE OF DRC AND THE OTHER CLUB FROM ALGERIA. GUYS IT’S FIRE WORK. JOK’OGALO HOYEEEE. GOOD DAY,

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