Cecafa Challenge Cup: Five things we learned in Kenya’s 1-0 win vs Tanzania

Five talking points after the Harambee Stars defeated the Taifa Stars in their tournament opener

Five talking points after the Harambee Stars defeated the Taifa Stars in their tournament opener
  1. FKF.

    Samuel Odhiambo has more years with Kenya

    The Western Stima custodian replaced the reportedly injured Brian Bwire in the Harambee Stars team for their Cecafa Challenge Cup opener. He has been in a fine form for Western Stima and it was no surprise when coach Francis Kimanzi gave him a chance.

    Odhiambo went on to put up a good show on Sunday and helped Kenya secure a win and a clean sheet. It is a welcome result for Kenya, who are still struggling in the goalkeeping department, but maybe Odhiambo can be a short-term solution.

  2. Fufa.

    Kenya win shows intent

    The Harambee Stars came into the match targeting a win to start their title defence on a high. It is not easy for defending champions because opponents tend up their game hoping to get something from the game.

    A 1-0 win sends Kenya top of the group and another win will seal their place in the semi-finals. It is obvious, Kenya are searching for their 22nd regional title and other teams should improve if they are to win it.

  3. Goal Kenya.

    Kimanzi gives chance to new players

    Samuel Olwande and Lawrence Juma are just some of the players who Kimanzi gave a chance this season and they grabbed their opportunities with both hands.

    Anthony Wambani did well against Tanzania after the tactician opted to give him a chance. Oscar Wamalwa is another player who did relatively well. With many players fighting for one position, the competition will be high and Kenya will improve.

  4. Goal Kenya.

    Kenya has to work on finishing

    Harambee Stars have scored more than one goal just once in 13 games – the 3-2 win against Tanzania in the 2019 Afcon in Egypt. On Sunday, Kenya wasted many scoring opportunities and ended up winning by a solitary goal.

    Their technical bench should find ways of making the many opportunities created count. It is the only way to reduce the pressure on players when in tight situations.

  5. Goal Kenya.

    Joash Onyango is a good leader

    The central defender captained the Harambee Stars to their first victory in the regional assignment this season. He was vocal and ensured the team is organised.

    His experience was vital as Kenya held on to their early goal to defeat Tanzania. The Gor Mahia vice-captain will have to maintain that spirit all the way to help Kenya win their 22nd title.

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