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
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.