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Red hot Kenya dismantle Ethiopia to edge closer to 2019 Afcon berth

Dennis Odhiambo, Victor Wanyama and Michael Olunga celebrating a Kenyan goal against Ethiopia in a 2019 Afcon qualifying match in Kasarani, Nairobi. Kenya won 3-0. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO
Dennis Odhiambo, Victor Wanyama and Michael Olunga celebrating a Kenyan goal against Ethiopia in a 2019 Afcon qualifying match in Kasarani, Nairobi. Kenya won 3-0. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO
The huge victory massively enhanced Kenya's chances of qualifying for the biennial continental football showpiece to be held next year in Cameroon.

A rampant Harambee Stars utterly dominated and destroyed a sorry Ethiopian side 3-0 on Sunday at a full to capacity Kasarani stadium in a pulsating 2019 Africa Cup of nation qualifying match.

The huge victory, coming just days after Stars held the Ethiopians to a barren draw in Bahir Dar, massively enhanced Kenya’s chances of qualifying for the biennial continental showpiece to be held next year in Cameroon.

After a prolonged spell of dominance in the opening minutes, Michael Olunga opened the scoring for Stars in the 23rd minute with a sumptuous left foot curler from the right flank after a neat one-two with Eric Johanna.

The goal practically brought down the roof at Kasarani. But even before the fans could calm down, Kenya struck again in the 27th minute.

Harambee Stars players celebrate their first goal against Ethiopia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nation qualfying match at Kasarani, Nairobi. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO
Harambee Stars players celebrate their first goal against Ethiopia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nation qualfying match at Kasarani, Nairobi. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO

BAD TO WORSE

This time it was Johanna with a thunderous left foot shot from the edge of the box after the Ethiopians failed to clear their lines from Eric Ouma’s spadework on the left.

Olunga almost netted a brace five minutes after restart after dispossessing goalkeeper Samson Assefa only for his goal-bound shot to be cleared by Ahmed Rashid for a fruitless corner.

But things only got from bad to worse for the Ethiopians. In the 64th minute Johanna drew a penalty after being clearly felled inside the box.

Up stepped skipper Victor Wanyama, who converted the spot kick with aplomb, sending the Ethiopian goalkeeper the wrong way.

Two Kenyans fans enjoying themselves before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Ethiopia at Kasarani, Nairobi. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO
Two Kenyans fans enjoying themselves before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Ethiopia at Kasarani, Nairobi. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO

BIG PARTY

At the final whistle, with the Ethiopians beaten and broken, a big party erupted at Kasarani.

Victory for Kenya, their 15th in 44 meetings against the 1962 continental champions takes their points tally to seven points in Group F, ahead of four-time African champions Ghana (3 points) and Ethiopia who remain on one point from three matches.

Should Sierra Leone, who are currently suspended by Fifa, fail to comply with the demands of the world football governing body by the time the fifth round of matches come around, then they will be expunged from the qualifiers hence sending Kenya through after a 14-year hiatus.

Kenya lineup: Patrick Matasi (GK), Philemon Otieno, Musa Mohammed, Brian Mandela, Abud Omar, Erick Ouma, Victor Wanyama (Johanna Omolo 71′), Dennis Odhiambo, Eric Johanna (Ismael Gonzalez 83’), Francis Kahata, Michael Olunga.

Additional reporting by Vincent Opiyo

About the author

STEVE OMONDI

STEVE OMONDI

Steven Omondi is a sub-editor at Nairobi News who has previously worked for The Standard and The People Daily as a sports writer and sub editor. In 2017, he was the runner-up Sports Journalist of the Year in the Media Council of Kenya’s Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA).
An avid reader of books and literary works, several of his book reviews have been published on the Saturday Nation.
He is also a keen social commentator who writes the occasional opinion on Daily Nation’s op-ed pages. Omondi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Communication (First Class Honours) degree from Mount Kenya University.



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