Kenya beats New Zealand in Intercontinental cup
Kenya beat New Zealand 2-1 in the 2018 Intercontinental Cup match at Mumbai Football Arena in India
Harambee Stars began their 2018 Intercontinental Cup quest with a 2-1 win over New Zealand in the first Group Stage match played at Mumbai Football Arena Stadium on Saturday 2nd June, 2018.
New Zealand were the first to find the net though Sarpreet Singh who connected to Alex Rufer’s cross before unleashing his shot past keeper Matasi in the 42nd minute.
Clifton Miheso replied for Kenya in the last kick of the first half with a well executed freekick to send the teams for the breather tied 1-1.
The second goal was a Kariobangi Sharks affair as Patilah Omoto provided the assist for Ovella Ochieng to finish in the 68th minute.
The win sends Kenya second in the Group with 3 points, same as India who beat Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the first match.
Kenya's second match will be on Monday 4th June against hosts India who are ranked 14 places above. The third match against Chinese Taipei will be played on 8th June,2018
Hosts India are using the tournament to prepare for 2019 AFC Asian Cup while Kenya is building up for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier against Ghana set for September.
Kenya got the invite as a replacement for South Africa after the South African Football Federation (SAFF) expressed its inability to participate in the four-nation tournament.
Harambee Stars XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), Musa Mohammed, Mike Kibwage, Jockins Atudo, Eric Ouma, Duncan Otieno, Patilah Omotto, Cliffton Miheso (Dennis Odhiambo 89’), Ovella Ochieng (Bolton Omwenga 96'), Pistone Mutamba, John Mark Makwatta (Timothy Otieno 76’)
Unused Substitutes : Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Bernard Ochieng, Johnstone Omurwa, Vincent Wasambo, Chrispin Oduor, Kenneth Muguna