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Afcon 2019: Michael Olunga and the players who shone for Kenya in Egypt

12:36 GMT+3 03/07/2019
Harambee Stars players.
The team won against Tanzania, but lost to Algeria and Senegal. Goal identifies the players who left the tournament with their heads held high

  • Patrick Matasi of Kenya and Harambee Stars.

    Patrick Matasi

    Matasi had a shaky start against Algeria, although he cannot be blamed for the two goals Kenya conceded. He did his best to ensure he stopped a number of goal-bound efforts and it was the same case against Senegal, whom he denied a couple of goals from one-on-one situations. Were it not for poor defending by the players in front of him, the former AFC Leopards custodian would have conceded less goals.

  • Joseph Okumu of Kenya during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Algeria.

    Joseph Okumu

    The youngster was drafted into the starting eleven to replace the injured Joash Onyango and shone from the first to the last game. He made vital interceptions and blocked some shots, notably Mbwana Samatta's goal-bound effort when Kenya rallied from behind to beat Tanzania 3-2. The 22-year-old Kakamega High School alumnus has a bright future and could help solve Kenya’s problem at the back.

  • Johanna Omollo of Kenya and Harambee Stars v Idrissa Guye of Senegal.

    Johanna Omollo

    After being overlooked on several occasions by coach Sebastien Migne, Omollo was handed the chance and ended up proving his doubters wrong with a commanding display especially in the matches against Tanzania and Senegal. The Belgium-based midfielder scored a vital second goal for Kenya against the Taifa Stars in a 3-2 win and was one of the most consistent players in the squad at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

  • ERIC OUMA of Kenya and Harambee Stars v SOULEYMAN DOUMBIA of Senegal.

    Eric Ouma

    The youngster never ceases to amaze! Give him a lemon and he will make lemonade for you as witnessed in the Harambee Stars' last two matches. He is gifted and a naturally hard worker regardless of the position he is playing. Ouma was in good shape and did most of the donkey work from the left wing as Kenya tried to break down teams in the competition. He deserves a permanent place in the Kenyan squad for future assignments.

  • Michael OLUNGA of Kenya and Harambee Stars v KALIDOU KOULIBALY of Senegal.

    Michael Olunga

    On most occasions, he was isolated and left to work on his own after coach Sebastien Migne opted to use a lone striker at the tournament. The tactics proved difficult for the Kashiwa Reysol striker but he did his best and scored two beautiful goals for Harambee Stars in the 3-2 win against rivals Tanzania in the East African derby, a result that gave the country hopes of making it past Group stages for the first time in history.