Kenya’s Harambee Stars managed a hard fought 1 – 0 win in their quarter final clash against Rwanda played at the Mombasa County Stadium on Saturday 7 December with Jockins Atudo getting the all important goal in the game.
In a game that saw limited action in front of goal Kenya showed early intent with Allan Wanga connecting well with a Peter Opiyo cross in the second minute but his diving header was not well directed, going off target instead.
It was Rwanda who went closest in the 20th minute with a free kick by Emery Bayisenge and it needed a moment of brilliance from Duncan Ochieng to keep the ball out before Anthony Akumu’s follow up to punt it clear off the goal line.
A minute later Keli twisted and turned to find space in the Rwandan area but his well taken shot lacked precision, going straight to the keeper’s waiting hands. The KCB forward had another go at goal with a snap shot on the 35th minute but this time he couldn’t get the target.
Coach Adel Amrouche’s frustration with the limited action upfront saw him institute an early substitution, pulling out Noah Wafula and replacing him with Cliffton Miheso as the team drew to the break goalless.
The second half bore better luck for Kenya as they managed to muster a string of passes and that paid off in the 54th minute when the host nation won a free kick off Michel Rusheshangoga’s handball in the box. The referee’s call for a penalty seemed somewhat harsh.
However, to Jockins Atudo, it was his chance to get the third goal of the tournament as he stepped up to take it and he indeed grabbed his third goal, sending keeper Jean Luc Ndayishimiye the wrong way to hit the net.
The slim win sees Kenya set up a semi final clash with Tanzania after their win over defending champions Uganda early on.