The Kenya national team Harambee Stars gave a good account of themselves as they finally managed their first win of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign, beating Congo 2 – 1 on Sunday 5 June at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
Here is how the players did, rated out of 10
Boniface Oluoch – 7
He failed to keep a clean sheet courtesy of Prince Oniangue’s 19th minute penalty but still made crucial saves for Kenya and had good command of the defence and communicated well through the match.
Musa Mohammed – 5
A few jittery moments came from his side of defence but he still managed a decent show given he is a central defender and was played in right back. A number of missed passes and poor tackles but was always at the right place at the required time.
David Owino – 8
Owino did well; he always does and was undoubtedly the outstanding player in the match with well times tackles, interceptions and the right judgement. He won most aerial balls as well.
Brian Mandela – 7
Mandela once again had a decent game in central defence and covered well for Eric Ouma when the youngster went on the offensive.
Eric Ouma – 6
Termed the current star of the team, the young Gor Mahia defender was at his defensive best yet again with a decent show that silenced Thievy Bifouma for most of the match.
He did not deliver a lot of crosses as he is known for but still managed to compensate for it with a good defensive output.
Victor Wanyama – 8
The skipper was another good performer on the afternoon. He commanded the midfield and controlled pace of the game.
He occasionally went forward to help in attack and had a sumptuous delivery to release Eric Johanna for the second goal.
Ayub Timbe – 5
Timbe was in his usual element, troubling defenders with his pace and footwork and managed to get the equalizer five minutes after Congo took the lead.
His performance will however be blemished by the fact that he was selfish on the afternoon, denying Kenya the chance to win by a bigger margin.
Ismail Gonzalez – 6
Gonzalez had a mild how compared to his delivery on his debut. The heat seemed to take the toll on him after the match was moved to start earlier, at 3pm.
He had an unfortunate turn in the match when he was adjudged to have challenged Oniangue in the box and a penalty given out.
Michael Olunga – 7
Olunga was the only player in the team to have missed all the friendly matches heading to the game and it showed as he failed to establish a good combination with the wingers.
Still he managed to give a decent show with his ability to track back and help defence as well as intimidating the defence for his mates to make use of the chances created.
Francis Kahata – 7
Kahata is not yet back to his best even though he gave a good account of himself. Playing in front of the defensive midfielders, he provided the creativity with passes and runs and slotted in as an extra attacker when Kenya went forward.
Eric Johanna – 7
Johanna once again showed why he is one of the most sought after players with a good performance all afternoon and capped it with a goal.