Kenya put up a spirited fight to upset Democratic of Congo (DRC) 1-0 in an international friendly in Kinshasa. The win is Harambee’s first away win under Stanley Okumbi.
Going by the latest Fifa Rankings and previous displays, Kenya went to the match as underdogs but Michael Olunga’s well taken goal in the 65th minute ensured a win.
It was a second half substitute Paul Were, who danced through Congo’s defense from the left wing to see his cross hit the post but the former Gor Mahia striker was at hand to control the rebound and score.
Harambee Stars were without their inspirational skipper Victor Wanyama the international friendly, “in his best fitness interest”.
Deliberation between Harambee Stars technical bench and their Tottenham counterparts has arrived at a decision not to include Wanyama in the friendly.
“Since Wanyama will be in action on Sunday against Manchester City. It would be physically demanding for him play two games in under 48 hours and in two continents. This decision has been made in Wanyama’s best interest,” FKF’s Communications and Public Relations Manager, Barry Otieno.
The other reason cited for Wanyama’s exclusion was the unavailability of “favorable flights” from London to Nairobi and eventually Kinshasa.
“It would be great to play against the DRC but there’s no favorable flight schedule on Sunday after our game against Manchester City,” Wanyama was quoted by a number of online portals.
Yannick Bolassie was introduced after Jonathan Bolingi was stretched out injured but the Everton star could not break Kenya’s defense and goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, who single-handedly saved Harambee Stars from defeat in the first half with top class saves towards the break.