Kenyan youth lose to Africa Invitational


Published on 09/06/2009

by Robin Toskin In Pretoria

Kenya paid a heavy price for complacency, as they became the first side to lose to an Africa Invitational side that had gone for two matches without a win at the Copa Coca-Cola Football Stars championships in Pretoria, South Africa.

Yusuf Chippo’s lads put up a lethargic performance and it was no surprise when Rwanda’s Idrissa Nsabimana stabbed home from close range. Mozambique’s Hermenegilas Antonio Amisse struck the roof of the net from the spot after Wilson Kimani hacked down Lucky Mphart. Frustration took toll on the Kenyans as defender Robinson Mwangi got a straight red card for a high tackle on Amisse.

Daniel Mwaura hit his fifth goal of the tournament, but it was too late to have any bearing on the 2-1 overall result. The full extent of the defeat following the pedestrian performance will unfold as they prepare to face Tanzania today. The local lads were set to square it up with Malawi, who lost 1-0 to Tanzania earlier yesterday.

Three shots at goal

The African side deserved to win by a bigger margin but for good performance of goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo. In contrast, Kenya managed three shots at goal. Kenya’s first chance fell on Martin Kibungei but the youngster from Eldoret shot wide. Mwaura followed it immediately with another dragged effort wide off the far post.

In biting cold conditions, Chippo urgently needed to do something and he pulled out Talib Aidh for Feisal Iddi but nothing would be forthcoming. Instead, it was South Africa’s creative midfielder Mphart who pulled strings, running into a bemused Kenyan defence only to be let down by his final touch.

Twice, the dreadlocked youngster waltzed through the defence but skied both efforts. Coca Cola put up an Africa side picking two players each from Rwanda, Mozambique and the Congo and eight players from South Africa.

Their coach Cayl Cotsee said: “We changed our formation, shuffled players around and I am happy it has produced results.”

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