Paul Were Goal Gives Harambee Stars Victory over Lone Star


Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi picked his third win in a row after the team beat Liberia 1-0 in an international build up match at Kasarani on Tuesday.

Paul Were’s 48th minute goal separated the two sides. The win came just three days after Harambee Stars edged out Mozambique 1-0 at the same venue.

Stars had also beaten Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in Kinshasha last month.

Stars showed some lethargy in the first half of Tuesday’s match creating just a few chances as Okumbi made four changes to the team that played against Mozambique last Saturday.

Then came the second half and Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi made three substitutions resting team captain Victor Wanyama, Jockins Atudo and Aboud Omar.

In their place he brought on Teddy Akumu, Simon Mbugua and Eric Ouma in a move that worked instantly as Harambee Stars were suddenly in control of the match.

Greece based midfielder Paul Were nearly beat Tommy Songo in the Liberian goal as the Kenyan attack got urgent.

Two minutes after that, a long range effort from Eric Johanna was punched out by the now under pressure Songo in the Liberian goal.

The goal finally came in the 48th minute when Were found himself in an unmarked position to score the opener as Liberian defenders raised their hands claiming that the Kenyan midfielder scored from an offside position.

The goal was protested by the Liberian technical bench. An off color Michael Olunga was rested for Jesse Were even as Liberia’s Kemoh Kamara came in for Dominic Doe. Harambee Stars continued to dominate and troubled the Liberian backline and were just unlucky not to get a second goal.

With the exception of a 65th minute corner kick, the visitors rarely troubled the Kenyan backline. In the 70th minute this nearly changed when Antony Laffor found himself with just Boniface Oluoch to beat but his shot went wide.

Kenya got another clear chance in the 75th minute when Zambian based striker Jesse Were found himself in a scoring position but could not complete his shot as the ball was cleared.

Liberia coach James Debbah was unimpressed by the performance of Harambee Stars even as he protested the goal.


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