The impressive win comes just two days after Starlets who are making a guest appearance in the tourney hammered Mozambique 5-2 in their opening match to take their goal tally to 16 goals in just two games.
Hot shot forward, Neddy Atieno buried four goals including a first half hat-trick with the likes of Mwanahalima Adam, Dorcas Shikobe, Lucy Mukhwana and substitute Mercy Achieng also registering their names in the score sheet.
Kenya recorded one of its best ever performances away from home on Wednesday when Harambee Stars defeated Mauritius 5-2 during their first leg encounter of the first round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Kenya led 2-0 in the first half through goals from Johanna Omollo and Ayub Timbe before Harun Shakava made it 3-0 in the 50th minute.
After the third goal Kenya suffered two lapses in defence that almost allowed the Mauritians back into the game as they got goals in the 66th and 78th minute through Andy Sophie (penalty) and Jonathan Bru.
However, late goals by Johanna Omollo (83rd minute) and Michael Olunga (87th) thwarted any hopes of the hosts staging a comeback as Kenya marched to a memorable away win.
The win puts Kenya on course to progressing to the second round qualifiers where Harambee Stars will face Cape Verde.
Radiojambo.co.ke caught up with former Harambee Stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee after his breakfast show on Radio Jambo and he had the following to share about Kenya’s win, Bobby Williamson’s tactics and the threat posed by Cape Verde.
Harambee Stars players pose for a photo ahead of their 2014 FIFA WCQ away match against Nigeria in March 2013. The match ended 1-1. | image source: dailypost.ng
Today will see the Harambee Stars begin the attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever at the 12th time of asking with a match away to Mauritius.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the CAF region will begin today with five matches that will be played across the continent.
The next world cup, which will be held in Russia, is 977 days and perhaps there could not be an apt occasion for the adage, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
It is another journey that sees the nation hoping and wishing that this time round, Harambee Stars will go all the way.
The previous 11th attempts are littered with painful exits at the hands of superior opponents and at times humiliating defeats to minnows that would have been easily avoided.
With just hours to kick off to the match, it is not too late too look back to what we believe are the top five memorable performances by the Harambee Stars in FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
1). Kenya v. Ethiopia, 1986 FIFA World Qualifiers
Kenya defeated Ethiopia 5-4 on aggregate in two epic encounters that saw Harambee Stars digging deep for a result.
In the first match played in Nairobi on October 13 1984, all seemed well for Ethiopia as the two teams were tied 1-1 at halftime with JJ Masiga and Mulugeta Kabede scoring for either side. However Kenya had the last laugh as they scored a winner in the second half through Sam Tabu.
In the return leg on October 28 that year, Ethiopia once again seemed to be at an advantageous position after taking a 2-0 lead at halftime. Kenya however turned tables in the second half and scored three goals as Ethiopia added only one and the match ended 3-3.
Nigeria however lay in wait for Harambee Stars in the second round and they were eliminated 6-1 on aggregate with the late Rashidi Yekini scoring his first ever goal for Nigeria.
2). Kenya v. Liberia, 1990 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Despite finishing last in their qualifying group that also had Egypt, Malawi and Liberia, Kenya manage to collect five points after managing one win (2 points at the time), 3 draws and two defeats.
The final table does not paint the whole picture of Kenya’s exploits in that qualifiers as Kenya put themselves on the brink of qualification following a 1-0 win over George Weah’s Liberia in their penultimate qualifier match.
Kenya won the match 1-0 in Nairobi courtesy of a George Onyango stunner that saw them rise to third in the group with five points as Egypt and Liberia were joint top with 6 points.
The result meant that Kenya would have qualified for the World Cup if they won their away match against Egypt but it was not to be as the Pharoahs won the match 2-0 and boarded the plane to Italia ’90.
3). Kenya v. Algeria, 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Perhaps the most famous performance by the Harambee Stars in their bid to participate in the world’s biggest football showpiece.
Vojoslav Gardasevic is a name that sparks fond memories among Kenyan football fans of old as he masterminded what is without doubt the best performance by a Kenyan team against a North African side.
Many hearts must have sunk when it was confirmed that Kenya would square it out with Algeria in the first round of the 1998 FIFA World Qualifiers.
Elimination would have meant that Kenya would have to wait for another four years to try to qualify for the World Cup and hence the match was in every way a do or die encounter.
The first leg match played in Nairobi saw Kenya racing to a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Vincent Kwarula (58′), Henry Motego (penalty 63′) and Musa Otieno (87′). Algeria got their away goal through Sid Ahmed Zerrouki (78′).
The return leg saw Kenya pack the bus of the century as Algeria managed only a 1-0 win and Kenya made it to the next round with a 3-2 aggregate score.
4). Kenya v. Burkina Faso, 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
The late 1990s were memorable years for Kenyan football as Harambee Stars staged yet another brave attempt at world cup qualifying.
Who will ever forget the “Reinhardt Fabisch for President” chants as the late German coach led Harambee Stars through a qualifying campaign that saw Kenya win thrice, draw once and lost twice.
The two defeats came away to Nigeria (3-0) and Guinea (3-1) and the draw came at home to Nigeria (1-1).
One of the most epic matches from those qualifiers came against Kenya’s other opponents, Burkina Faso, who Kenya beat 4-3 in Nairobi and 4-2 away.
The 4-3 match which was played in April 1997, saw Kenya comeback from two goals down twice with Mike Okoth scoring a hat-trick.
5). Kenya v. Nigeria, 2014 FIFA World Qualifiers
Kenya’s attempt at qualifying for Brazil was disastrous but at least Harambee Stars provided a beautiful memory in which they drew 1-1 away to then African Champions, Nigeria.
Kenya’s goal was scored in the first half by Francis Kahata whose sweet left foot freekick proved too much for Nigeria’s superstar goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama too handle.
Harambee Stars were just seconds away from a famous win before Nnamdi Oduamadi stole a point for Nigeria at the death.
It was in this match that David Owino sealed legendary status among Harambee Stars fans as he muzzled Nigeria’s winger Victor Moses. His performance earned him the nickname “Calabar” in tribute to where the match was played.
You can relive that match by watching the video below.
Harambee Stars will today take on Mauritius in a World Cup qualifier match. The Stars will be without goalkeeper Arnold Origi who failed to link up with the team after FKF failed to send him an air ticket. In his absence, Boniface Oluoch is set to start between the posts.
However Captain Victor Wanyama and Ayub Timbe have already linked up with the team ahead of today’s clash. The winner of this match after Sunday’s return leg in Nairobi will play Cape Verde in the next round.
Harambee Stars will be taking on Mauritius on Wednesday in the first leg of their first round 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers encounter.
The match will be the sixth meeting between the two teams with Kenya boasting a better head-to-head record of 3 wins and 2 draws.
Kenya go into the match with a lot of pressure on their backs following last month’s disastrous performance where we lost 2-1 to Zambia in an AFCON 2017 qualifier. The result saw Kenya drop 15 places to 131 in the October FIFA rankings and having in mind that Kenya has never won away to Mauritius in a competitive match (drew 0-0 in 1971 during AFCON 1972 qualifiers and 2-2 during 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers), Harambee Stars cannot afford to take things for granted.
Having defeated Mozambique 1-0 in their AFCON 2017 qualifier home match last month, Mauritius are high on confidence and would definitely fancy replicating a similar result tomorrow.
Radio Jambo presenter and former Harambee Stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee believes that Kenya can get a result away to Mauritius despite their inconsistent form.
Ghost also lamented Kenya’s recent drop in the FIFA rankings and said that Kenya has to work hard to register some upward movement.
Watch the video below for Ghost’s complete analyses of that match.
Harambee Stars players stand dejected following their defeat to Zambia in September. | image source: goal.com
If you are planning to keep up with #throwbackthursday today would, perhaps, not be a good day to bring back memories of when our beloved nation was ranked 68th in the FIFA rankings.
The effects of last month’s defeat to Zambia at the Nyayo National Stadium in an AFCON 2017 qualifier are being felt again as Kenya has dropped 15 places in the latest FIFA rankings.
Kenya had retained its August position, 116th, when last month’s rankings were released but its latest position, 131, is Kenya’s worst since July 2007 when Harambee Stars was ranked 137th.
In the CAF region, Kenya has dropped 5 places to 40, just two above neighbors Tanzania who are ranked 136th in the world.
Uganda, who have been doing well recently, are ranked an impressive 18th in Africa and 75th in the world.
Kenya’s next two international matches are against Mauritius in a 2018 FIFA World qualifier and wins in those matches could see Harambee Stars’ position improve before the next round of qualifiers in November.
Mauritius are ranked 47th in Africa and 168th worldwide. Should Kenya get past them, they will come up against Cape Verde who are ranked 6th in Africa and 41st in the world.
The Kenya 7s team have been given top seed ranking for the final round of the men’s Rugby Sevens African 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers which will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the weekend of November 14/15.
A total of 12 teams will take part in the qualifiers with the winner booking Africa’s sole berth to the 2016 Olympic games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Teams that will finish in positions 2, 3 and 4 will still get a chance to feature at the games as they will participate in a 16-team repechage tournament which will see the winner booking a to the event.
The repechage tournament will feature two teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile), four teams from Europe (Spain, Russia, Germany and Ireland), two teams from North America (Mexico and Canada), three teams from Asia (To Be Confirmed), and two teams from Oceania.
The repechage tournament dates will be determined once each continent has concluded its qualifying tournaments. The teams taking part in the African qualifiers are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Madagascar,Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana.
Already 8 teams have qualified with for Olympic games with only four remaining to be filled.
The qualified teams are hosts Brazil, teams that finished in the first four positions during the 2014-15 IRB Rugby Sevens tournament (Fiji, South African, New Zealand and Great Britain), South American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (France) and North American Champions (USA).
The slots waiting to be filled are of those Africa, Asia, Oceania and winner of the repechage tournament.
Mauritius president Kailash Purryag announced Friday he was stepping down from his position as ceremonial figurehead of the Indian Ocean island nation.
The decision, which was widely expected, paves the way for the new government to appoint the country’s first female head of state — internationally-renowned scientist and biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.
A statement from the presidency said Purryag’s resignation was in accordance with an earlier agreement with Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who was elected in December last year.
Purryag has served as president since July 2012, when he was appointed by the island’s previous Labour party government of former premier Navin Ramgoolam.
But during the election race, Jugnauth’s centre-right Alliance Lepep had said it hoped to nominate Gurib-Fakim to take the presidency.
Gurib-Fakim will be the first female president of the island, which gained independence from Britain in 1968.
Parliament is expected to vote on her appointment on Monday with a swearing-in ceremony set to take place later in the day, officials said.
The previous government had fought the elections on a platform of delivering constitutional reform — notably with a divisive proposal to strengthen presidential powers.
Ramgoolam himself had hoped to eventually run for the new, strengthened position. Since his election defeat he has been embroiled in corruption allegations that have shocked the country.
Mauritius is one of the richest — and least corrupt — countries in Africa, a middle-income country of some 1.3 million people with a per capita GDP of just over $9,000 (7,200 euros).
Once dependent on sugar exports, the island has built up a strong outsourcing and financial services sector, and also attracts well-heeled tourists.
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