BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,8TH SEPT 2018-Harambee Stars has beaten Ghana 1-0 in Group F in ther African cup on Nations qualifier match staged at at MISC, Kasarani on September 8th.It was a 39th-minute own goal from Nicholas Opoku that did a miracle fore team Kenya going all the way to the end of the match to register a win.
It only took five minutes for Kenya to master a shot on target through former Kariobangi Sharks winger Ovella Ochieng who tested the palms of Maritzburg United custodian Richard Ofori after Eric Johanna
hustled the ball from Thomas Partey.
Kenyan fans had their hearts in their mouth when Edwin Gyasi threaded a neat through ball to Nantes talisman Majeed Waris but Matasi quickly read the danger and collected the ball.
About Omar got into the referee’s book in the 20th minute for bringing down Edwin Gyasi off the ball. Former Las Palmas midfielder Ismael Gonzalez should have kept his shot down when Olunga guided his header back towards him. As the game progressed it looked less likely to be a thrashing that Harambee Stars witnessed back in 1965 when they handed Black Stars their biggest victory in the 13-2 whitewash.
In the 39th minute the moment everyone in the stadium had been waiting for arrived in spectacular fashion when Eric Johanna non-challantly pick up the run of Olunga in the box whose pressure led to Opoku direct the ball into his own net. Everyone in the stadium was brought to their feet as it sparked wild celebrations.
With Joakins Atudo involved in a heavy half-time warm up, a change was rung before the start of the second half as the injured Philemon Otieno paved way for the Posta Rangers veteran. Ghana launched a menacing attack that peppered the Harambee Stars goalmouth. Onyango was handed his marching orders in the 63rd minute for a foul at the edge of the penalty area.
This became his second sending off at the continental stage after he was sent off in the home tie against USM Alger. Eric Johanna who provided the goal was sacrificed to add a defensive shield with David Ochieng coming on.
Sebastien Migne was aiming to get the better of a student who they shared a mentor in the name of Claude Le Roy. Ghana continued with their onslaught on the Kenya goal but Migne’s charges were working around the clock to ensure they collected all three points.
It will be remembered that in a previous encounter in a World Cup qualifier, Migne’s Congo was leading 1-0 but an 85th-minute goal denied Congo three vital points. The Frenchman was looking to avoid a repeat of the same as he introduced Zesco United midfielder Anthony Akumu for Dennis Odhiambo who had a match to remember.