Chris Wekesa was the only Kogalo player to see playing time as Kenya went down 1-2 to visiting South African national team. Wekesa also earned the ignominy of gifting the game to Bafana Bafana when he headed the ball innto his owne net in a bid to clear a cross. Jerim Onyango was on the bench. Wekesa was making a return to the national team after almost 2 years. He last played during the 2010 CECAFA cup.
Harambee stars got mixed reviews. They dominated possession but with a packed South African defence, they found it difficult to score.
The South Africans had taken a 17th minute goal whenTokelo Rantie latched onto a through ball to beat Arnold Origi in the Kenyan goal. Dennis Oliech leveled the score on 72 minutes from the penalty spot. The penalty was awarded after a South African defender handled a header from Wesley Kemboi. But before Kenyan fans finished celebrating, Wekesa headed the ball into his own net from a Bernard Parker cross.
Most fans in the blogosphere were incredulous when Kemboi aka “Steeplechase” was selected ahead of Rama Salim and even Belgium based Ayub Masika who spent most of his time on the bench. But Kemboi earned his spot as did debutant Francis Kahata who finally seems to be fulfilling the hype that he came with when he first appeared on the scene 4 years ago.
Starting XI: Arnold Origi (GK), Geoffrey Kokoyo, Eugene Asike, Brian Mandela, Christopher Wekesa, Victor Mugubi, Peter Pinches Opiyo, Patrick Osiako, Dennis Oliech (Cpt), Wesley Kemboi, Francis Kahata
Subs: Jerim Onyango, Edwin Wafula, James Situma, Osborne Monday, Ayub Timbe, Charles Okwemba, Moses Arita