CHAN 2020: Taifa Stars dump Harambee Stars out of qualifiers

Tanzania’s Taifa Stars eliminated Kenya’s Harambee Stars from the 2020 CHAN Qualifiers through penalty shoot-outs at the Moi International Stadium, a match played on Sunday 4 August from 4 pm.

After a barren draw, the two had to be separated through spot-kicks and the visitors thrived in this area- hitting Kenya 4-1 with the guidance of veteran goalkeeper Juma Kaseja. The first leg encounter had ended 0-0 in Dar Es Salaam.

In the match, the visitors started on a high with Frank Domayo’s 18th minute shot from the edge of the box an early threat. this went over the bar, John Oyemba in goal for Kenya troubled the least.

Next up was John Bocco, a lanky frame for the Taifa Stars in the Kenyan box but he too could not find the target.

Coach Sebastien Migne was dealt an early injury blow with Philemon Otieno going down twice in the opening half-hour- in the second time, he had to be replaced and Ibrahim Shambi was ready for a role as a makeshift right-back.

Duke Abuya in action during the match

Kenya’s first attempt on goal had Clifton Miheso behind a free-kick after Jonas Mkude had handled the ball outside the 18-yard area but he blasted it over the bar.

After a very dull opening 45 minutes, the two teams headed for the break in a barren stalemate.

Kenya played a better second half, Miguna Kenneth rising high to head over the bar a Clifton Miheso free kick in the 60th minute. The introduction of Mathare United left-back David Owino brought life into Sebastien Migne’s wings as the Tanzanians resorted to defending deep due to the pressure.

The closest chance perhaps will go to Isuza Whyvone, who after some neat work on the left flank by Sydney Lokale, could not get himself to head home the cross that seemingly just begged for that- to be headed home. This was the 74th minute.

Enosh Ochieng was introduced late in the game for Lokale- and he too, would get a fair share as in the 82nd minute, his hand gon in the way of his control of a Miheso cross and the referee did not hesitate to call for a handball. Otherwise, he had only needed a tap-in if the control had been perfect.

Goalkeeper John Oyemba had a near scare moment in injury time when off his goalkeeping area, lost possession to John Bocco but was lucky the lanky Tanzanian forward could not get his chip into an empty net on target.

Full time saw a repeat of last weekend’s 0-0 and penalty shoot-outs had Tanzanians winning 4-1. Erasto Nyoni, Paulo Nyangaya, Gadiel Kamagi, and Salim Aiyee all scored for Taifa while Harambee’s only conversion from the spot came from Clifton Miheso. Defenders Michael Kibwage and Joash Onyango both missed their kicks.