Kenya under coach Adel Amrouche, will now have a hard task going into second leg away as Comoros proved that they are not an easy opposition
Johannah Omollo’s goal was enough to give Kenya a slim advantage as they won 1-0 against Comoros in the first leg, first round of 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
Both teams were slow to get into the game as the ref blew the kick-off whistle with both sets of players sizing the opponents out without much venture into goal scoring opportunities. The first real chance of the game fell into Comoros’ way in 17th minute, Nchangama Youssef’s free-kick deflecting off the wall for an easy pick for Wilson Obungu.
Stars had their first chance after 25 minutes, with Victor Wanyama’s shot on the half volley going just over the bar. Aboud Omar had made some good movement on the left before letting the ball in for Allan Wanga but the Comoros defense managed to poke the ball away only into Wanyama’s path.
Comoros had a great chance to open the scores three minutes later but Soule Mohammed wasted a superb chance shooting the ball over. Jamal Mohammed who did not have a good first half had lost the ball deep into the Comoros’ half only for the visitors to launch a seift counter attack, Ali M’madi feeding Mohammed.
Kenya sensed that they were living dangerously and increased their activity upfront, Dennis Oliech seeing his shot deflected for a corner. Oliech also had another shot in 32nd minute going wide.
Johannah Omollo opened the scores in the 34th minute in superb fashion with a spectacular shot from 30 yards out, the Comoros keeper having no chance at all. The goal lifted the Stars’ spirits with David Owino coming close, his header brushing the cross bar from Jamal Mohammed’s freekick.
Omollo thought to have doubled his tally at the stroke of half time with a header from Ayub Timbe’s corner, but the referee whistled for an infringement.
In second period, the home side started well and Dennis Oliech should have doubled the lead after ten minutes but he wasted a superb chance. Ayub Timbe, who was enterprising on the wings had gone on a great run on the right before picking Wanyama, whose shot fell into Oliech’s pass, but the experienced goal getter could not beat Comoros keeper one on one.
Stars kept the pressure going but the firepower to score was lacking. Clifton Miheso came in for Allan Wanga while later, MacDonald Mariga made his return to the national team on 75 minutes coming on for the off color Jamal Mohammed.
Kenya had penalty shouts downed by referee after 77 minutes when Dennis Oliech was brought down inside the box after Macdonald Mariga had fed him with a great square pass. The Inter Milan striker had a go at goal with ten minutes to play but his rasping shot went wide.
Kenya will now have a hard task going into second leg away as Comoros proved that they are not an easy opposition.