David Owino “Calabar” also popularly known as “Jashirati, was the only Gor Mahia player in action as Kenya took on Comoros on Friday afternoon. Musa Mohamed started on the bench. Neither Jerim Onyango nor Anthony Akumu saw action.
Akumu’s lack of action is particularly shocking considering the fact that he seems to play his best football at Harambee stars. At the last CECAFA tournament which was held in Kenya, one could make the argument that Akumu was one of the best players in the tournament. But coach Amrouche appears to be going with an attacking formation with only one defensive midfielder (Victor Wanyama). This leaves McDonald Mariga on the bench once again.
Calabar has proven to be a solid defender and a reliable scorer for both club and national team. Against Comoros in the first league, he almost scored but his brilliant header from a corner went inches over the bar.
Former Gor Mahia winger Edwin Lavatsa started. With Dennis Oliech missing, This was his chance to stamp his name in Amrouche’s good graces for the remainder of the qualifiers.
The game ended 1-1 for a 2-1 aggregate win in favour of Kenya. The all important goal for Kenya came from Belgium based Ayub Timbe. So both of Kenya’s goals against Comoros were scored by Belgium based players.
Starting XI; Arnold Origi, Abud Omar, David Owino, David Ochieng, Lawrence Olum, Victor Wanyama (CPT), Ayub Timbe, Johanna Omolo,Francis Kahata, Allan Wanga and Edwin Lavatsa.
Subs; Wilson Oburu, James Situma, Musa Mohammed, Joackins Atudo, Clifton Miheso, Jacob Keli and McDonald Mariga.