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Kenya vs. Ghana: What did we learn from Harambee Stars win over Black Stars?

11:38 AM GMT+4 09/09/2018
Harambee Stars squad.
Harambee Stars defeated Black Stars by a solitary goal for their first victory in Group F and put their chances back on track, but what did we learn?

Harambee Stars registered a shocking win over Ghana in an African Cup of Nations qualifier played at Kasarani on Saturday.

It was a spirited fight from Kenya, who played the last half an hour of the match a man down, after Joash Onyango was given his marching orders.

A few things were evident from the match against the West Africans, who were pre match favorites. Goal parades some of the key points from the Group F match.

  • Patrick Matasi of Tusker and Kenya.

    #1 Matasi is now undisputed Kenya One

    Earlier this week, there were concerns as to which player, coach Sebastian Migne would trust between the posts. On Wednesday he confirmed that Tusker goalie Patrick Matasi would start against Ghana. The Tusker FC man repaid the coach's faith with an assured performance against Ghana. He was commanding between the posts and severally came to the aid of the national team. He commanded his backline well and helped ease pressure on Stars’.

  • Musa Mohammed leads KPL All Stars team

    #2 Musa Mohamed has come of age

    Musa Mohamed showed that he has finally matured when he captained the team against Ghana. The nervousness he exhibited in the past while playing for the national team is long gone. He partnered well with Joash Onyango at the back and even after Onyango's dismissal, he forged a partnership with David Ochieng. He led the team from the back.

  • Harambee Stars defender Jockins Atudo v Swaziland.

    #3 Atudo is no full back

    Posta Rangers defender Joackins Atudo was introduced as a second half substitute following Philemon Otieno's injury. He endured a torrid time in the right back position as Christian Atsu tormented him with his blistering pace. Atudo is known for his ability to play in several positions at the back, but his time as a fullback is definitely over.

  • Harambee Stars fans at Kasarani.

    #4 Fans still love the game

    There has been fans' apathy in recent times during national team matches. However, the attendance during the Ghana game was encouraging. Fans chanted and cheered the team to an important win. With more publicity of national team matches, the attendance can even get better.

  • Ismael Gonzalez of Kenya v Ghana.

    #5 Harambee Stars have matured

    Playing a man down against a team like Ghana would normally see a thrashing for the opponent. However, despite being a man down, and also being the second best team in the entire 90 minutes, Stars fought like brave warriors. They contained Black Stars thwarting their endless attacks. Joash Onyango's sending off did not kill the morale of the team and they fought well to pick maximum points a clear indication that the team has grown mentally and can only get better.