Kenya’s Harambee stars lost 2-0 to the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in the opening qualifier for the 2016 CHAN. Kenya has a terrible record in this tournament having fallen to the likes of Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda. They appear destined to suffer the same fate this time around despite decent preparations.
The goals that sunk Kenya were scored by Asechalew Girma in the 23rd minute and Gatoch Panom in the 77th minute. Both players play for Ethiopia Coffeee. The first goal was a result of a poor clearance by a Kenya defender. The second Ethiopia goal came from a penalty.
The Harambee Stars had a chance to reduce the score but unfortunately, Kevin Kimani saw his penalty kick in the 79th minute saved by Tarik Getnet.
Coach Bobby Williamson now has a tall order in the return leg. His side has to win by three goals and concede none. Conceding any goals will spell doom for Kenya as they will likely lose on away goals rule.
On a positive note for Gor Mahia fans, Collins Okoth Gattuso had an opportunity grow by enhancing his leadership skills and responsibility. He was given the captain’s armband by coach Bobby Williamson. Coach Gilbert Selebwa lauded the move
“Collins is an experienced lad .He has had his issues of indiscipline in the past. Under Coach Frank Nuttal he has become grounded and improved tremendously” he said to futaa.com
Also in action was Boniface Oluoch and Michael Olunga. Ali Abondo came on as a substitute.
Ethiopia : Tarik Getnet (GK), Tekalign Dejene, Aschalew Tamene, Salhadin Bargecho, Siyoum Tesfaye, Behailu Assefa (C), Gatoch Panom, Minetesenote Adane (Firew Solomon 36’), Aschalew Girma, Binyam Assefa (Baye Gezaghen 78’), Ramkel Lok
Unused Subs: Bereket Bogale, Mujib Kassim
Kenya : Boniface Oluoch (GK), Jackson Saleh, Edwin Wafula, Aboud Omar, Lloyd Wahome, Collins Okoth (C), Bernard Mangoli, Humphrey Mieno (Jacob Keli 70’), Noah Wafula (Ali Abondo 66’), Kevin Kimani (Jesse Were 85’), Michael Olunga
Unused Subs: Wycliffe Kasaya (GK), Charles Odette, Eric Johanna, Stephen Wakanya