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The Belgium-based star converted from a superb free-kick and despite Comoros pulling a goal back, Kenya held on to qualify on 2-1 aggregate

Ayub Timbe scored his debut goal for Kenya in dramatic fashion and help Harambee Stars cruise into the next round of 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Belgium-based midfielder converted a free-kick from outside the box and despite Comoros pulling one back in 72nd minute through Yaacin Saandi, the Kenyans held on to qualify on 2-1 aggregate.

Kenya survived early scares in the match as their opponents came all out for them in search of a goal that would see them get level.

Within the first five minutes the visitors were signaling serious intentions to go up as Kenyan goalkeeper Arnold Origi came out to stop a goal bound free-kick by Yusuff Changama.

Afterwards, the hosts got their first corner as it looked like Kenya would crack. Origi was called to come out and block another effort by Mohammed Yousouf as the pressure continued.

Then Harambee Stars had a breather as they won their first corner in the 24th minute. It was not to last long as Comoros resumed their attack and Ali Mohammed was denied by Origi.

The Kenyan goalkeeper was warned for time wasting but he seemed to be upset by the center referee for not stopping the game after he was pushed by an opponent. Kenyan midfielder Ayub Timbe finished the first half with a caution as both teams went for the break without scoring a goal.

It was the Kenyans, who returned back a more determined side. In the 50th minute, Francis Kahata picked out Edwin Lavatsa with a low pass which the former Gor Mahia striker hit on the side netting.

However, after that, the home side were always on a high only let down by poor finishing. They were particularly lethal on set pieces which were too many on their side. The home side were punished in the 56th minute from a perfectly taken free-kick by Ayub Timbe, who picked his spot well and put the ball beyond Mahamoud Mroivili in Comoros goal.

Comoros should have equalized after that but Arnold Origi denied Ali Mohammed.The Kenyans paid for sloppy defending in the 72nd minute allowing Yacin Saandi to score for the hosts.

Kenya coach Adel Amrouche was sent to the stands after Comoros drew level following an exchange of words with match referee. Kenya now moves to the second round of the competition and will face winner between Liberia and Lesotho, who clash on Sunday. Liberia lead 1-0 from the first leg in Monrovia.

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Salute Origi : Kenyan Divock Origi became the 1st Kenyan to score at the world cup after he turned a listless Belgian performance into a late 1-0 win over Russia on Sunday, enough to qualify for the next round of the World Cup with two straight victories. With this goal, Origi became the youngest goalscorer in Belgium World Cup history at 19 years, 65 days old. With Belgian King Philippe looking on, substitute Kevin Mirallas hit a freekick against the post in 84th minute, setting off a late revival. At first it looked like late moves from Eden Hazard would only camouflage a dismal performance. Playmaker Edin Hazard made a move into the penalty box area on the left and spotted Origi free in the center. A pinpoint pass from Hazard and cool right-foot finishing from the 19-year-old Origi gave Belgium more than it deserved. Divock Origi who is the son of renown former Harambee Stars player Mike Okoth Origi was born at Oostende Belgium and has lived most of his life outside Kenya. Taking into account of his nationality Kenyans could not stay away from celebrating that special moment of fame after he scored like they did for Obama and Lupita Nyong’o. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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