10 June 2012

Namibia/Kenya: Defeat in Windhoek Leaves Stars With a Mountain to Climb

Harambee Stars' herculean task of reaching a first ever World Cup finals was made even harder after they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Namibia in the second match of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Henrico Botes was the hero for the Brave Warriors, beating Arnold Origi from close range in the 75th minute to consign Stars to the bottom of group "F" having only collected a single point in two matches and still yet to score. "We are disappointed with the result. You have to at least get a point away from home but we failed today; Now it is back to the drawing board," Stars coach Francis Kimanzi said in a post match interview.

The defeat leaves Kimanzi charges with a mountain to climb with two matches against Nigeria when the qualifiers resume in March next year. Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by Malawi and are still top of the group with four points followed by Namibia who now have three points with Malawi third with two points Stars head for Ghana where they will pitch camp for the next three days before travelling to face Togo on Sunday in the second leg of their 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier. Stars lead the tie 2-1

Meanwhile former Gor Mahia boss Fred Mwango has said there is need to standardise gate collection in all Kenya Premier league matches for fair play and fairness to be seen to be done. Mwango said it was unfair for Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who command massive following and enormous gate collection to benefit from their opponents financially by sharing gate collections equally. He appealed to both Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenya Premier League to intervene and save community clubs from being exploited by institutional clubs.

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