Kenya were unlucky to concede a late goal to Nigeria after taking a first half lead. The Kenya goal came from Francis Kahata. The Thika United midfielder scored with a sublime freekick which he curved around the Nigeria wall past the outstretched hands of Victor Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.
Versatile Gor Mahia player David Owino “Jashirati” was deployed at right back and had the arduous task of marking Victor Moses who plays for Chelsea in the English premier league. And Moses was handful with his mazy runs down the left flank. Late in the first half he looked certain to score only to be foiled by the outstretched leg of Owino. The second half was no different as Moses continued to look for gaps in the Kenya rearguard. Owino acquited himself well considering that he was going against an EPL player. He was the busiest of the Kenya players and worked his tail end off. He will have earned valuable experience.
Kenya hung tough throughout the game fending off wave after wave of Nigerian attacks. In truth , though, Kenya did not look dangerous going forward. They created one real chance in the second half when Dennis Oliech released Francis Kahata. With only the keeper to beat, Kahata slipped and sliced his shot off target.
Edwin Lavatsa was introduced late in the second half. It was an inexplicable substitution given that Kenya needed to add more steel to their defence. Lavatsa had a chance to take on the Nigerians with his blistering pace but instead played the ball backwards perhaps in caution.
Arnold Origi, son of Kogalo legend Austin Oduor Origi , once again had an oustanding game in goal. Calm confident and able to marshall the defence.
Kenya was able to string passes together for periods. However they did not create much offense going forward. Oliech who was Kenya’s lone striker hardly received any decent balls. Amrouche will need to work on getting the ball forward.
Nevertheless, Adel Amrouche appears to have instilled a sense of determination in Harambee stars which bodes well for the future.