June 13, 2024

Harambee Stars beat World Cup hosts Qatar at home

Harambee Stars beat World Cup hosts Qatar at home
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Enjoying support from Kenyans living and working in Qatar, Stars against all odds dominated the game and created clear cut chances unlike in their past matches where the team struggled to impress.

Harambee Stars put in a spirited fight to beat the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar 2-1 in a friendly match played at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday evening.

A late goal by the Armenia based Amos Nondi sealed the win for Kenya who were facing Qatar for the first time.

It was also the third win for coach Engin Firat since taking over the reigns late in 2021 where he replaced Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee.

Enjoying support from Kenyans living and working in Qatar, Stars against all odds dominated the game and created clear cut chances unlike in their past matches where the team struggled to impress.

Centre back Joseph Okumu broke the deadlock in the 20th minute, rising the highest to head in a corner delivered by Kenneth Muguna.

The French based defender who anchored the rear went on to put in a great shift as his partnership with Johnstone Omurwa at the heart of defence did well in defending and launching attacks, specifically through their long balls.

Qatar drew level from the spot through Hassan Al-Haydos who stepped up to convert after Erick Ouma brought a Qatari player down.

 


Stars resumed for the final half with more vigour and determination to win the duel with the defeaning noise from the stands seemingly pushing the boys to deliver.

The fresh legs Firat threw in added punch in the team and the efforts bore fruit when Nondi tapped in an empty net to win the game.

A long ball from the defence landed on Olunga who left his marker before inadvertently crossing the ball that Nondi comfortably slotted in.

Kenya shifts attention to the South Sudan friendly set to be held at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday next week.

Kenya is gearing up for the 2026 World Cup qualifier ls set to commence in November. Stars who are in pool F will take on Ivory Coast, Gambia, Seychelles, Burundi and Gabon