Origi, Timbe and Harambee Stars who failed against Comoros

Ayub Timbe, Arnold Origi and Victor Wanyama.
The two were among the Kenyans who did not offer a good show in the crucial Group G Afcon qualifier

  1. Arnold Origi
    Arnold Origi.

    Arnold Origi

    His return to the national team was welcomed with some suspicion from some quarters and his performance against Comoros did not help to settle matters in his favour.

    He conceded his first goal from a free-kick in Nairobi as Kenya drew 1-1 with the Group G rivals and leaked another two away to help the Islanders pick four points from Harambee Stars.

    Whether coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee will stick with him in the remaining qualifiers despite two instances of under-performance is a matter to wait and see.

  2. Ayub Timbe
    Goal Kenya.

    Ayub Timbe

    Although he has been clubless since he left Reading and ended his stay with Beijing Renhe recently, Timbe was given enough minutes against Comoros but his performance was below par.

    The winger had some good moments in the first match but his performance in the return leg in Moroni was horrible.

    Kenya would have taken a lead in the 42nd minute but Timbe, after beating Mattoir Faiz on the left-wing took a low shot that was easily blocked instead of crossing it to unmarked Cliff Nyakeya and that was a great chance lost for Harambee Stars.

  3. Victor Wanyama

    Victor Wanyama

    The majority of the fans were keen to see what the Montreal Impact midfielder would offer for the team in the crucial qualifier.

    Being a captain, Wanyama saw the team crumble under a team that ranks way below Kenya in the recent Fifa rankings. The former AFC Leopards man failed to boss the midfield and allowed the home side to dictate the rhythm and pace of the game.

    His performance led to questions whether it is time the country should look beyond him and Timbe in rebuilding a new outfit.

  4. Lawrence Juma

    Lawrence Juma

    The new Sofapaka midfielder had to be substituted in the first half as Comoros ran the show in midfield and Kenya failed to find creative ways of dismantling the opponents at the back.

    Mulee brought on Juma’s former teammate at Gor Mahia, Kenneth Muguna to offer the creativity aspect. The withdrawal summed up Juma’s poor night in Moroni.

    Juma was drafted in the travelling team despite not being part of the side that fought and got a 1-1 draw at home. The former Nzoia Sugar star had good moments under Francis Kimanzi and whether Mulee will stick with him further is yet to be established.

  5. Masoud Juma
    Goal Kenya.

    Masoud Juma

    Although the JS Kabyle striker scored the goal that helped Kenya avoid a loss at home on Wednesday, his call-up has always been contested by the Kenyan fans.

    His performance in the return leg can also be summarised as poor given that he did not pose any meaningful threat to a well-thrilled Comorian backline.

    Although he was not withdrawn despite the poor show when John Makwatta was on the bench, many would now ask whether it is time Zesco United’s Jesse Were is preferred whenever Michael Olunga is not available.