By Derrick Kiplagat
Kenya’s National soccer team Harambee stars were held to a goalless draw by the Les Dodos in a match full of missed chances at the Kasarani stadium on Sunday 10th October 2015. Harambee Stars only needed a draw to qualify to the next stage after registering an impressive 5-2 win in the first leg in Mauritius last Wednesday.
Enthusiastic home fans turned out in large numbers at the Kasarani stadium to show support for the stars but went home frustrated by the lack of goals. The fans will however have nothing to lose since the damage was already done in the first leg, and the team is set to move on to the next round.
Head Coach Bobby Williamson made some changes to the squad that featured in the first leg, putting Erick Johanna and Kevin Amwayi on the starting 11, with Brian Mandela also starting at in defense. The first half kicked off on a high with Stars dominating much of the game. Erick Johanna, Dennis Odhiambo and Amwayi gave Mauritius defenders a run for their money, with their dangerous runs on the break.
Olunga should have put the Stars ahead after beating his man only to fire a weak shot that met the Mauritius goalkeeper’s gloves. Ayub Timbe who put in a stellar performance in the first leg was able to win free-kicks for the Stars, but none of which was capitalized upon. Les Dodos attacker Christopher Bazerque should have put the visitors ahead at the stroke of half-time only for his fierce shot to find Boniface Oluoch’s gloves.
The second half saw a number of substitutions with Azam’s Allan Wanga coming in for Amwayi, John Ndirangu jumping in for Olunga and John Nairuka coming in place of Timbe for his debut .
Harambee Stars will face Cape Verde in the next stage.