Kenya U-23 thrashed by Uganda in Africa Games qualifier

Jun 27, 2011

In what can be termed as a national shame, the Kenya under-23 side went down 5-1 to Uganda in a one sided All-Africa Games qualifier at Nyayo National Stadium on Monday.

Uganda are almost assured of a place in the September games and they deserved every goal they scored on Monday.

Angry fans shouted at Football Kenya technical director Patrick Naggi who was at the stadium to watch the match while other association officials ran away before the match ended.

Kizia Hamisi opened the scoring for the visitors in the 31st minute but he appeared a few meters offside as Kenyan defenders left him to bang the ball home while they pleaded with assistant referee to call for an infringement.

The goal came at the end of a great attacking football by the inexperienced Kenyan side who were unlucky not to score an early goal as Tusker forward Paul Were was a terror to the opposing defenders .

The Kenyan lads were briefly back into the match in the 33rd minute through Moses Arita. The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) top scorer completed a 1-2 move initiated by Were but his goal also marked the end of any resistance by the Kenyans.

Uganda’s captain Owen Kasule had his name on the score sheet in the 54th minute heading home calmly from a Moses Oloya corner.

The Kenyan left-flank was completely clueless on how to stop their opponents and it is from here that the Ugandans established a highway on their way to scoring.

They were soon up 3-1 three minutes later through a penalty awarded after Michael Mutyara was tripped by Teddy Okumu inside the Kenyan box.

Demoralised and discouraged the Kenyans soon conceded the fourth goal in the 75th minute. The Kenyan defence allowed Emmanuel Ronald to get into the box undisturbed and he tapped home easily. He was also behind the fifth goal in the 77th minute first hitting the cross bar and then allowed Hamisi Kizia to complete the rebound.

 Kenyan coach Leonard Saleh blamed luck of preparations but still remains optimistic he can turn around the huge score. His Ugandan counter-part Bobby Williamson was clearly pleased with himself and heaped plenty of praise on his charges for completing the job in the first leg.


Gina Tivona

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