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Kenya vs Togo: Five things we learned from the 1-1 draw

3:40 PM SGT 19/11/19
Atakola Lalawele of Togo vs Johanna Omollo of Kenya and Harambee Stars.
Goal looks at the main talking points following a 1-1 draw between Harambee Stars and Sparrowhawks in the Afcon qualifier

  • Johanna Omollo of Kenya and Harambee Stars vs Koffi Franco of Togo.

    Omolo proves his worth

    The midfielder was on top of his game against Togo at Kasarani on Monday night. Fans cheered every time he was on the ball, and whenever the opponents advanced, he was among the first players to do the shutting down.

    The Cercle Brugge midfielder unleashed an unstoppable shot from about 30-yards which gave Kenya an advantage in the first half. Omolo will be a factor for Harambee Stars during the entire campaign.

  • Kenya and Harambee Stars keeper Ian Otieno vs Egypt.

    Time for Otieno to take over

    The custodian was given a chance against Egypt last week when Patrick Matasi got injured 10 minutes into the game and he did not disappoint. Otieno helped Kenya get a point in Alexandria.

    On Monday, Otieno was on it again; the level of confidence had gone a notch higher. The custodian made a world-class save in the 38th minute to deny the visitors. He was unlucky to concede in the second half.

  • Victor Wanyama of Kenya and Harambee Stars vs Matthiue Gangni of Togo.

    Time for Wanyama to be dropped

    After a relatively good outing in Alexandria, Wanyama returned to his former self. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was on and off throughout the game. He was slow on the ball and took his time to make decisions.

    His match fitness was wanting and it cost Harambee Stars as the Sparrowhawks grew in confidence especially in midfield. It is high time to drop him from the starting team.

  • Francis Kimanzi takes over Harambee Stars.

    Kimanzi's poor decisions cost Kenya

    Kimanzi is regarded as a tactical genius but he failed to show it on Monday. Victor Wanyama was not at his best; surprisingly, it was the hard-working Lawrence Juma who was taken off for Kenneth Muguna.

    Eric Johanna ran out of gas and was ineffective especially in the second half. The coach substituted him late in the game and brought on Boniface Muchiri who had no time to make an impact. These two poor decisions contributed to the draw.

  • Harambee Stars striker Jesse Were injured.

    Were should not be blamed

    A section of the fans and stakeholders have always criticized the inclusion of the Zesco United striker for not having an impact at Harambee Stars. However, it is only fair to admit he has not been given a chance to play in his best position.

    Michael Olunga struggled and Were could have been given a chance to lead the attack in the second half. However, he came in for Cliff Nyakeya and was pushed to the wing.