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Kenya’s Harambee Stars ended its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with 1-0 victory over Namibia PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 September 2013 00:00

Defender David Owino scored the winner to give Kenya its first win of the qualifiers. The result also saw Kenya finish the campaign in third place in the group with six points, two ahead of bottom placed Namibia.

Stars made the perfect start with the Gor Mahia defender volleying home the opener off a Francis Kahata corner.

Namibia though settled down quickly and Stephanus Wily was only denied by the crossbar on 14 minutes.

Handed a starting berth down the left, Aboud Omar was having a baptism of fire as the visitors targeted his flank.
Coach Adel Amrouche decided to change things around on 36 minutes withdrawing Edwin Lavatsa for Allan Wanga.

Back in the side after missing the last two matches, Dennis Oliech went close on the stroke of halftime but Namibian keeper Effram clawed out his powerful header.

The Warriors dominated proceedings for most of the second half but were unable to find a final pass to match their approach play. Jakob Pineas wasted a glorious chance on the hour mark blazing over from 12 yards and a minute later, saw his shot deflected out for a corner.

With Brain Mandela struggling with injury, Peter Opiyo was thrown into the fray on 65, with David Ocheing who had started infront of the back four, dropping in to partner Joackins Atudo in defence.

Playing on the counter, Stars had chances to finish off the content with substitute Wanga hitting the crossbar with a fierce shot 13 minutes from time. Oliech also wasted a glorious chance on 85 minutes when he was out through but he dithered and the chance was lost.
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Cecafa Press Release- 2/7/2013

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (cecafa) withstood and countered negative campaign to successfully stage the 39th Kagame Cup club championship in Sudan. North Darfur and South Kordofan described as "dangerous areas" were chosen by CECAFA to host the oldest club championship in Africa that saw teams pull out citing security concerns, while others followed on political grounds. But the CECAFA leadership led by General Secretary Nicholas Musonye stood their ground and countered all the negative campaign to throw one of the most exciting and successful competitions in the the zone. Two days before the start of the competition on june 18th, there were reports that Kadugli, the South Kordofan City which hosted the colourful opening ceremony was under rebel siege. But CECAFA in their gusto hired a special flight from Khartoum and landed their with three teams on board. After the colourful opening ceremony, the remaining eight teams were flown to El Fasher in North Darfur which hosted most of the matches that eventually concluded on a high scale note on Monday night. "I cannot be claim to be a leader if I cannot take responsibilities and risks. I still maintain that I took the decision to play CECAFA in North Darfur and South Kordofan in good faith. People have said many things regarding this decision, But Idont care because I was doing it for the good of CECAFA and the people of Sudan," Musonye told cecafa News after an exciting cup final and closing ceremony in El Fasher on Monday night. The flawless event was a huge challenge to the CECAFA Secretary General because North Darfur and South Kordofan are hot spots in Sudan and had things gone wrong, the damage to cecafa would have been massive and definitely narrowed down to Musonye. Two teams from Tanzania - defending champions Yanga and Simba were forced out by their Government who claimed tha there was no security in North Darfur. This also saw Zanzibar team prevailed upon to skip the event despite having already arrived in Nairobi enroute to Khartoum. Then Tusker of Kenya claimed that they had been advised that they needed "bullet proof jackets" to walk around in Darfur, all claims Musonye dismissed as cheap and non sporting. On Monday, El Fasher, the ancient city in North Darfur saw the dramatic end to a tournament that united most of Sudan. It brought together eight Governors, several cabinet ministers from Khartoum, while President Paul Kagame cup, the CECAFA patron was represented by Minister of Sports and Youth Protais Mitali. "Am glad this event has ended without any shelling as some prophets of doom had wanted," the Secretary General told the press on monday night. Vitalo of Burundi made history on the colourful night when they beat favourites APR of Rwanda 2-0 to claim their first ever CECAFA title. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
"CECAFA Tournaments are a means of using Sport in general and football in particular to promote peace in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.– Secretary General"- Nicholas Musonye
"CECAFA tournaments attract a very wide following across East and central Africa becoming one of the successful soccer body" ,Media Correspondent

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