Emphatic win for Kenya over Seychelles in Pre-World Cup qualifier

Nov 15, 2011
  • Harambee Stars Dennis Oliech dribbles past Seychelles Allex Nibourette during their W.Cup Group stage qualifier at Nyayo Stadium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Harambee Stars Brian Mandela(4)scores with a thumping header druring their W.Cup Group stage qualifier against Seychelles at Nyayo Stadium.

Kenya's Harambee Stars booked their place in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after making light work of Seychelles with an easy 4-0 win at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Heading into the return leg with a comfortable 3-0 win, Stars practically turned the tie into a practice match against an overly inferior side.

 Though a bit flattering, the 7-0 aggregate scoreline, will immensely boast Francis Kimanzi’s men’s psychological preparations considering what awaits them in the next stage will be no walk in the park.

“The big scoreline is a big psychological boast. Am still in the process of building the team and the two matches gave a chance to assess my players”, Kimanzi said immediately after the match.

Ironically, It was the Islanders who made the first attempt on goal barely a minute after kick off.

With Stars still settling into the game, centre forward Achille Henriette stole the ball on the edge of the box, advanced cut inside only to meekly side foot straight at Arnold Origi.

However, Seychelles wasn’t going to find a hiding place on the slippery turf of a half filled Nyayo Stadium. Kimanzi’s men gradually imposed themselves on the game as the first half progressed.

It took 20 minutes for Stars to open the floodgates. Just like in the first match, the opening goal came from a set piece courtesy of a defender.

Kenya won a corner in the 19th minute after Tusker’s diminutive winger Paul Were’s attempted shot was clawed out by Seychelles’ goalkeeper Euphrasien Vincent.

Center back Brian Mandela was the unlikely beneficiary raising unchallenged to head home Kevin Kimani’s perfect delivery.

From that point onwards it was one-way traffic. James Situma and Kimani particularly had a brilliant game running their Seychelles opponents rugged on the right flank.

Jamal Mohammed who was deployed in a more advanced role as Dennis Oliech’s strike partner was not as conspicuous in the opening period yet very effective.

Ever the creative player, even in his unfamiliar position, Jamal was involved in the second goal. A neat 1-2 with Oliech in the 35th minute set the AJ Auxerre man free who finished the move clinically and with great precision.

Oliech missed a couple of chances before Kimani, who played his heart out, skipped two tackles to lay the ball straight on the path of Mulama, as Kenya extended the lead to 3-0 on the stroke of half time.

The second half was a case of numerous missed chances even as Kenya took their feet off the gas.

The most glaring was a near miss from Kimani’s curling free kick in the 54th minute before Oliech was foiled in his attempt to dance through the entire Seychelles defence four minutes later.

With the tie virtually wrapped up, Kimanzi pulled out Oliech for Bob Mugalia, with Mulama making way for Collins Okoth. Humphrey Mieno also made a cameo appearance, coming in for Jamal.

The final nail on the visitors  coffin was hammered by stand-in skipper Victor Mugubi who powerfully surged into the box to plant the ball home in the 75th minute.

However, there was an anxious moment in the closing minute as Henritte sneaked behind the Kenya backline with a diving header that came off Origi’s upright.

Seychelles coach Jean-Louis was gracious in defeat heaping praises on Kenya.

“I can only congratulate Kenya for their emphatic win. They won the tie fair and square and I wish the best of luck in the next stage of the tournament”, he said.

Kimanzi on the other hand said the match was a good buildup towards the Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup that kicks off later in the month in Tanzania.

"This was a good game for us as we look to rebuild our team.It was also a good buildup for us as we head to Tanzania for CECAFA."

 Kenya now joins Nigeria, Malawi and Namibia(who lead 4-0 against Djibouti from the first leg)in Group G of the 2014 World Cup qualifier.  

Kenya: Arnold Origi, James Situma, Dennis Odhiambo, Brian Mandela, Pascal Ochieng, Victor Mugubi, Kevin Kimani (Collins Okoth), Paul Were, Titus Mulama, Dennis Oliech (Bob Mugalia), Jamal Mohammed (Humphrey Mieno)

Seychelles: Euphrasien Vincent, Allen Larue, Dorby Brian (Leroy Coralie), Jones Jourbert, Jonathan Bibi, Alex Nibourette, Ronny Marengo, Kevin Betsy, Don Anacoura (captain), Achille Henriette(Dine Suzette), Jude Nanacy


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