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Olunga has to improve and four other things we learnt from Kenya vs Uganda

2:32 PM SGT 9/9/19
Michael Olunga of Harambee Stars and Kenya.
Sunday's 1-1 result between Harambee Stars and Cranes was a third consecutive draw between the two sides, and here are the five talking points

  • Eric Ouma of Kenya challenged by Thomas Ulimwengu of Tanzania.

    Erick Ouma should be Kenya's first-choice left-back

    Aboud Omar, when fit, has always been preferred in the left-back position ahead of Ouma. The latter took it as a challenge and continued working harder. At the Africa Cup of Nations, the youngster needed just 45 minutes against Algeria to win then-coach Sebastien Migne's heart and went on to play well in the remaining games against Tanzania and Senegal.

    On Sunday, the youngster bailed out his fellow defenders four times. The former Gor Mahia player marked the dangerous Allan Okello out of the game whenever the youngster came his way. The left-back was instrumental to Kenya's equaliser after bursting forward and passing the ball to Ayub Timbe, who crossed it for Kenneth Muguna to score.

  • Kenneth Muguna of Harambee Stars and Kenya v Khalid Aucho of Uganda.

    Kenneth Muguna proving critics wrong

    The newly-appointed Gor Mahia skipper has been hitting the right button for the club of late, where he has been directly involved in half of the team's goals. It was for this reason coach Francis Kimanzi started him alongside Lawrence Juma and Collins Agade.

    The 23-year old never disappointed, and he extended his scoring spree to the national team with the 52nd-minute equaliser. Muguna was the focal point once again in the 70th minute when he played an excellent one-two with Johanna Omollo, but the latter's cross was miskicked by Whyvonne Isuza. Shortly after, the midfielder, found the unmarked Michael Olunga in a dangerous area, but the latter's feeble shot was easily saved.

  • Erick Johanna of Harambee STars and Kenya v Uganda.

    Eric Johana should be relegated

    The midfielder had a great run in Kenya's successful quest to take part in the 2019 Afcon in Egypt. The former Mathare United attacker was directly involved in all the four goals Harambee Stars scored. At the finals, many felt Johana struggled, despite providing an assist from which Olunga scored from to hand Kenya a 3-2 win over Tanzania

    The 25-year old's below-par performance was once again clear against Uganda on Sunday. Johana was anonymous the whole match and the only meaningful thing was setting up Olunga a few minutes after the break, but the forward failed to convert. In contrast to Johana, his replacement Boniface Muchiri, who came in with barely five minutes left, forced the custodian into a fine save and brought life in the right-wing.

  • Michael Olunga of Harambee Stars and Kenya.

    Michael Olunga should work on his finishing

    Olunga has often been Kenya's main striker and whenever he is not involved, Harambee Stars struggle in the attacking department. However, on Sunday, the Kashiwa Reysol forward had the worst day in the office.

    The 25-year missed a sitter for Kenya, a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper, before failing to convert a Muguna's precise cross. In added time, the forward was denied by the woodwork. For a striker, those are too many chances, and Olunga has to work on his finishing.

  • Whyvonne Isuza of AFC Leopards.

    Whyvonne Isuza presents a real threat to Francis Kahata

    Coach Francis Kimanzi made a brave decision in the 40th minute to bring on Whyvonne Isuza instead of the experienced Francis Kahata. The AFC Leopards creative midfielder was brought in to revive Kenya's midfield, which had been overrun by the visitors.

    Isuza rewarded Kimanzi with an instant positive impact as the midfield stabilised. Chances came for the forwards and the hosts relaxed. The only undoing for Isuza was a failure to convert Muguna's cross with the goalkeeper well beaten. Kahata has every reason to be worried.