The Star (Nairobi)

29 November 2012

Kenya/Uganda: Goals Headache

The goal scoring conundrum that has been a bane of Kenyan football in recent years continued to haunt Harambee Stars at the ongoing Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda with coach James Nandwa struggling to find the solution ahead of Kenya's next game tomorrow against Ethiopia.

"We are creating many chances and not scoring goals. I think that is a problem whose solution we must find fast because there are better teams who will punish you when you don't take the opportunities that come your way," said Nandwa after Kenya beat South Sudan in a match that was more memorable for the chances that the Kenyan front men spurned.

Mike Barasa, Paul Were, Edwin Lavatsa, Antony Kimani, Humphrey Mieno, Kevin Omondi missed chances that they were expected to put away against a team that offered very little pressure.

Barasa, Were and Omondi were included in the starting line-up to solve that particular goal scoring problem that had undone Kenya in the opening day defeat to Uganda.

"We have very good goal scorers here like Rama (Salim) but the problem is to find the players with the right understanding up front to be able to give each other confidence when presented with an opportunity," said Nandwa, hinting that changes were again inevitable up-front with the Gor's Rama likely to be reinstalled in the starting line up.

Stars who lie second in the group need only a draw against Ethiopia who were beaten 1-0 by Uganda to advance to the quarter finals as their two goals scored by David Ochieng and Clifton Miheso give them a superior goal average than the Walya Antelopes from Addis Ababa.

"I think it is going to be easy playing against Ethiopia because their game will be more tactical and open unlike, playing Sudan who were more determined and had nothing to lose," opined Nandwa.

Nandwa though was happy with the way his defence has held up so far with captain Anthony Kimani and the central defensive partnership of Gor Mahia's David Owino and Tusker's Joakins Atudo showing some solidity that will be required from them as the tournament progresses.

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