BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,11TH SEPT 2018-Harambee Stars once again proofed powerful for Malawi in a friendly match staged at the moi sports Center Kasarani on Tuesday after beating it 1-0.The Harambee stars solitary goal was scored by Francis Kahata at 77th minute.
Zesco United forward Jesse Were was a late inclusion to the starting line up after Michael Olunga picked up an injury in the warm-up. The game was off to a slow start with neither of the two teams showing much intent to grab the tie by the scruff of the neck. Malawi had some slight dominance in the opening exchanges looking to make amends of their 3-0 thumping at the hands of Morocco in the weekend African Cup of Nations qualifiers but was ineffective in the final third.
The Malawi Flames almost grabbed the lead at the store of the half-hour mark when John Banda whipped in a devilish cross that was tapped in by Phiri Gerald but Patrick Matasi was on hand to parry the ball away. Kenya’s best chance of the game came three minutes before the break through Eric Johanna’s free-kick that failed to connect well with the head of Sofapaka midfielder Dennis Odhiambo.
The first half drew to a close with Kenya failing to master any shot on target.
After a lacklustre opening half, Sebastian Migne made a double substitution at halftime throwing in Pistone Mutamba and Eric Marcelo Ouma in place of Ovella Ochieng and Jesse Were respectively. Richard Mbulu was stretchered off after picking up an injury on his place came Msowoya Chiukepo. Zesco United midfielder Anthony Akumu was introduced in the 65th minute as Ismael Gonzalez paved the way.
Harambee Stars should have grabbed the lead in the 72nd minute when Eric Johanna delivered a sumptuous cross that was met by the head of Eric Ouma but his effort flew narrowly past the bar. That was the last contribution of Eric Johanna as he made way for Abdallah Hassan who making his stars debut.
With the game seemingly headed for a barren draw, Aboud Omar freed Eric Ouma on the flanks who brought in an inch-perfect cross that the Malawi backline failed to deal with as it fell onto Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata to tap home the ball in the 79th minute.