Liberia comes up empty handed in Kenyan friendly

Written on:November 15, 2016
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Kenya’s national soccer team Harambee Stars on Tuesday extended their rising form with a lone goal win over visiting Liberia in an international friendly match at the Safaricom stadium Kasarani. The win is a big boost for coach Stanley Okumbi whose take over months ago was clouded in controversy. However, today Okumbi and the Federation (FKF)  boasts of a team that has gone for eight matches without a loss with two wins coming back to back within five days.Kenya also defeated Mozambique 1-0 on Saturday at the same venue.

Against Liberia, Greece based winger Paul Were sneaked through a poorly arranged  defense line to slot the ball under an advancing Liberian custodian  whose defense line  was up in arms calling for offside. Were did not waste  the perfectly weighted defense splitting pass from Eric Johanna as he finally found the net in the 53rd minute after numerous missed opportunities in the opening half. Making three changes to his team that played Mozambique on Saturday , Coach Okumbi started two fast paced wingers Paul Were on the left flank and Ayub Timbe on the left  while also introducing  Aboud Omar at the left back. Liberia presented the first real danger in the  opening three minutes through their danger man Anthony Laffor but his effort was well dealt with by custodian Boniface Oluoch.

Ayub Timbe then  created  a clear chance  three minutes later on the opposite end but his square pass was parried back into play by the Liberian keeper Tommy Songo. Michael Olunga failed to convert onto the second ball  missing a clean chance  in the six yard area. Kenya’s best chance came in the 12th minute as a goal bound shot by Were hit under the bar and bounced off the line back into play. An a advancing Olunga attempted a volley that was again saved  back into play before captain Wanyama shot wide from close range. Zesco’s Anthony Akumu was introduced at the start of the second period for Victor Wanyama while Eric Ouma came in for Aboud Omar. The duo injected some fast pace  as the second period was equally characterized by missed chances for the hosts who bombarded their opponents in the opening  15 minutes.

The Liberian National Team is not a private entity, you know, but the National Team team of a sovereign state,

James Debbah, Liberia Lone Stars Coach

This paid off in the 53rd minute when Paul Were cut through  the defense line to slot home the winner. The Liberians protested the goal claiming the referee ignored a clean offside though replay footage indicated  the last man slightly delayed to pull out of  the last line before the ball was released.

Speaking after the match , Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi says ,” This was a good result for us and I am glad we keep pushing up every time. The two wins are good for us because we need more of our players to get opportunities in big leagues out there and that can only happen when our ranking is well placed.”

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