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Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: Players who shone for Kenya against Egypt

5:44 PM SGT 15/11/19
Kenya and Harambee Stars defender Lawrence Juma (r) in action against Egypt's Mohamed Afsha.
Goal looks at players who made an impact for the Harambee Stars against the Pharaohs

  • Ian Otieno of Harambee Stars and Kenya vs Egypt.

    Ian Otieno

    Otieno was thrown into the deep end after Patrick Matasi was forced out with a knee injury. The 26-year-old had to come out of the dugout and help the Harambee Stars get a good result in Alexandria.

    At some point, the former AFC Leopards custodian looked nervous which is understandable. However, he rose up for the occasion and commanded his area well. Otieno cannot be blamed for the goal Kenya conceded and Matasi should be worried.

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

    Joseph Okumu

    Once again, the youngster was a rock at the back and showed a high level of maturity in dealing with the Egyptian attackers. Okumu won the ball seamlessly at the back and started build-ups. He bailed his full-backs out several times.

    Okumu is a good game reader who helps the team settle at the back. Egyptian attackers struggled to get past him and his partner Joash Onyango. The 22-year-old is proving his doubters wrong with each game.
     

  • Victor Wanyama of Harambee Stars.

    Victor Wanyama

    The Stars skipper has been under immense pressure from the fans for his below-par performance when turning out for the national team. The most recent was in the 1-0 loss to Mozambique in a friendly match last month.

    However, against the Pharaohs, Wanyama brought calmness in midfield and ensured there is coordination. Yes, he made about two mistakes, but generally, he commanded his department well.

  • Kenya's and Harambee Stars Lawrence Juma (r) in action against Egypt p;layer Mohamed Afsha.

    Lawrence Juma

    Not even an optimistic fan could have predicted the Juma will command a starting berth for the Stars this year. The midfielder made his third start in as many games for Kenya.

    Juma justified his inclusion with a great performance. The Gor Mahia midfielder was there to mop up any mistakes by his colleagues and acted as a great link between defence, midfield, and attack.

  • Kenya's Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga (R) in action against Egypt Player Ahmed Hegazi.

    Michael Olunga

    After failing to capitalise on chances created against Uganda and Mozambique in the last two games, finally the towering forward made an impact on Thursday.

    The former Gor Mahia forward missed a decent chance in the first half and early in the second half. However, with about 20 minutes to go, the Kashiwa Reysol striker kept his cool to bang home the equaliser. Olunga was a constant threat to the Egyptian defenders.