K’Ogalo brigade shine for Kenya

Muguna on the mark, Onyango, Juma clock 90 minutes as Stars and Cranes share spoils

Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna pounced from close range as Harambee Stars clawed back to draw with Uganda Cranes in a friendly match played on Sunday evening at Kasarani stadium.

Muguna was at the end of a move catalyzed by Ayub Timbe who dribbled past two opponents before spreading the ball wide for Eric Ouma to cross.

The goal hauled Kenya back to parity after Emmanuel Okwi had fired Uganda ahead in the first half.

Midfielder Lawrence Juma

Three out of the four Gor Mahia FC players called to represent the country in this assignment were involved with only Clifton Miheso missing in action

 

In midfield, Juma did more than enough to guarantee a second cap. The Gor Mahia ran his socks off, linking the backline to the attack and thwarting all machinations of the Cranes.

Juma started the game playing in advanced role but dropped dipper towards the end of the game when Collins Agade was rested.

Stalwart Joash Onyango was tasked with defensive duties and excelled at keeping Cranes skipper Okwi silent after the former Simba Star had profited from poor defending on Kenya’s right side of defense.

Onyango limited Okwi to shots from outside the box using skill and industry.

The K’Ogalo man was Kenya’s rock in defense comprising two rookies in Mike Kibwage and debutant Samuel Olwande.

After the chaotic opening minutes in which Uganda threatened to tear Kenya apart, Onyango’s composure and leadership galvanized the backline and successfully fended off subsequent attacks without much ado.

Assistant Captain Joash Onyango

 

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