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Okumbi Angered By Stars’ Wasted Chances against Uganda Cranes

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Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi.photo/courtesy

Harambee Stars head Coacch Stanley Okumbi has expressed his anger on goal scoring opportunities wasted by his strikers in a friendly match against Uganda yesterday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The hosts were held to a 1-1 draw by the Cranes of Uganda a result that did not impress the Kenya national team tactician. Michael Olunga netted from a close range in the first half to hand Okumbi’s side a well-deserved lead at home but a string of wasted chances followed in the course of the match.

Speaking after the match, Okumbi said that Harambee Stars should have won the match by a massive margin if the wasted opportunities were converted.

“We have to work on goal-scoring. We have been a little untidy on that front and we shall draft another plan for the next match on Sunday. I am not happy with this result. This is a match we should have scored many goals especially considering the number of chances we had,” Okumbi explained.

Okumbi however utilized the services of local based players in the encounter as Captain Victor Wanya and David Owino were rested to pave way for AFC Leopard’s Robinson Kamura and Samuel Onyango.

Kenya looked to have won the contest but Vipers’ attacker Moses Waiswa came off the bench to spoil the ceremony for the Stars’ as he struck on the 87th minute mark to equalize for the Cranes. The Cranes coach, Micho had only named eight of the 23 players who represented Uganda in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Harambee stars will on Sunday take on DR.Congo in another friendly contest that is also meant to prepare the national team for the coming World Cup qualifiers. Kenya is expected to host the African Nations Championships (CHAN) next year and the friendly matches are arranged to sharpen the players for the International tournament as well.

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