The Star (Nairobi)

1 December 2012

Kenya/Ethiopia: Stars On Fire

Kenya power their way into quarters of Cecafa Senior Challenge tourney after beating Ethiopia

Harambee Stars booked their place in the last eight of the Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge cup after beating Ethiopia 3-1 at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Namboole.

Gor Mahia Rama Sallim opened the scoring for Stars in the 21st minute after side footing home a Mike Barasa's inviting cross.

Clifton Miheso then scored his second goal of the tournament in the 25th minute as he headed in Bernard Mangoli's corner.

Eliyas Mamo scored Ethiopia's goal in then 30th minute to give them some hopes but David Ochieng's 72nd minute header from Abdalla Juma's cross ensured that Ethiopia wait for tomorrow's match to know if they will advance as one of the two best losers.

As has become the norm in this regional championships, Stars wasted very many glaring opportunities in the opening exchanges with Rama's effort coming off the upright straight from the kick-off.

Two minutes later, Miheso was sent clean through by Mang'oli and with only Asefa Worku to beat, he side footed wide.

Ethiopia fired their first salvo as Mamo forced a desperate lunge from Juma Abdalla as the Ethiopian number nine prepared to shoot.

Barasa then registered his name in the missed chances list as he shot woefully over the bar in 7th minute. Half chances came and went and it looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon for Stars until Barasa escaped down the left in the 21st minute to send a cross that Rama was only too glad to gobble up and give Stars the lead.

Ethiopia sought an instant response with Chala Debala going down easily from a challenge by Duncan Ochieng to necessitate a yellow card from Burundian referee Thiery Nkuruziza.

As the Walya Antelopes searched for an equaliser, Kenya launched a lightening raid that forced a first corner, which was put out for a second, from which Miheso rose unchallenged to head home the second goal.

It looked like it was going to be a good day for Kenya but Ethiopia made them wait as Mamo took advantage of an error of judgment by Ochieng to smash in their opening goal to trail 1-2 at half time.

Ethiopia came in the second half more determined with Wolde Beyenb and Panom Yiech drawing good reaction from Dunco.

Enoch Agwanda came on for Barasa early in the second half as Stars sought to make the game safe.

Sony Sugar striker first effort was to muscle his way into the box and send in a cross that Mang'oli just headed wide.

Stars efforts were to be rewarded when Juma let swing a free kick from the right wing in the 71st minute after Agwanda was fouled.

Tusker's Ochieng guided home Stars third goal to leave Ethiopia stunned. Stars will now meet the winners of Group 'C' which will be determined later today in Lugogo and Wankulukulu as the Namboole Stadium takes a break to recover from days of hosting two matches a day in consecutive periods.

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