Tale of missed chances as Harambee Stars lose in Botswana

  Posted: 10 Aug 11, 21:05

By: Dennis Kituyi

National soccer team Harambee Stars went down 1-0 to Botswana in an international friendly match played at the University of Botswana stadium in Gaberone on Wednesday 10 August 2011.

Botswana scored through a late penalty from Moemedi Jomo to seal the win, in a game of two halves,where the first was dominated by the stars with the second going the home side's way.

The stars, clad in white, should have taken an early lead when Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga hit his trademark long ranger, only for the ball to be cleared off the line.

Striker Dennis Oliech, operating as a lone force in coach Zedekiah Otieno's line up, also came close to opening the scoring when he was played clean through on goal but the Auxerre striker failed to beat the Botswana goalkeeper from close range.

Coach Zedekiah Otieno brought in strikers Bob Mugalia in second half, but the second period belonged to Botswana with the Zebra's creating some openings to no effect ,until the last moments of the game, when they got their penalty with ten minutes to go.

The loss, the ninth in eleven attempts for coach Otieno will surely lead to Kenya dropping further in the FIFA rankings. The country is currently placed in position 130.

Harambee stars line up Vs Botswana

Arnold Origi, James Situma, Pascal Ochieng, Anthony Kimani, Kevin Ochieng, Dennis Odhiambo, McDonald Mariga, Victor Wanyama, Titus Mulama, Jamal Mohammed, Dennis Oliech. Subs: Bob Mugalia.

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