July 18, 2024

South Sudan stun Harambee stars in Nairobi

South Sudan stun Harambee stars in Nairobi
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Stars were hoping to give the Kenyan fans something to smile about once again after beating Qatar 2-1 last weekend at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha.

Harambee Stars suffered an embarrassing 1-0 to South Sudan in an international friendly match played at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Kenya Police forward Tito Okello scored the lone goal in the second minute of the game, capitalizing on a sloppy backpass by the French based Joseph Okumu to win the game.

Stars were hoping to give the Kenyan fans something to smile about once again after beating Qatar 2-1 last weekend at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha.

However, they couldn't sail past the youngest African nation that had a number of Kenyans who ply trade with Nairobi based clubs including the goal scorer  Okello.

Other players in the South Sudanese teams that are based in Kenya include center back Rashid Toha who is attached to Kenya Police.

Paul Jawa plays for Rainbow while the duo of Jackson Dwang and Saad Musa are attached to Bandari and AFC Leopards respectively.

The win is definitely a consolation for South Sudan who lost 4-0 to Mali in their final group stage match for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The game saw Kenyan team return to Nairobi for the first time since November when the team last played Rwanda in the final 2022 World Cup qualifier match.

Kenya was banned from international football and therefore missed the 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

Stars will return to international stage again in November for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers