So near yet so far for Kenya

So near yet so far for Kenya
10 May 2015 11:42

Kenya’s no-show at the Olympic Games saw yet another setback after crashing out of the qualifiers for the African U-23 Championship Senegal 2015, the continental qualifiers for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

 

The Harambee Stars beat Botswana 4-1 in their second leg first round clash in Nairobi on Saturday, but it was not enough to see them through. The Zebras advanced on the away goal rule after a 4-4 tie on aggregate.

 

It means that the East African nation will have to wait for another four years to break their Olympics hoodoo.

 

Striker Michael Olunga netted a hat-trick in the pursuit of a historic comeback, but they were undone by a Omaatlo Kebatho first half strike. Kebatho leveled on 25 minutes; two minutes after Olunga scored the opener with a left shot that beat Botswana goalie Goitseone Phoko.

 

Five minutes before the break, lanky forward Olunga ensured the hosts ended the first half with a thin lead thanks to a low shot.

 

Back from recess, John Ndirangu increased the tally on 76 minutes before Olunga completed his hat-trick with a strike in stoppage time. Tried as the Harambee Stars, they failed to get the final goal that would have capped one of the major comebacks in continental football, handing Botswana a place at the second round where they will face fellow southerners Zambia.

 

The three top teams at the African U-23 Championship will represent the continent at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Fixtures

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Kenya 4-1 Botswana (0-3)

 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

*Somalia vs Rwanda (0-2)

 

*Will take place in Djibouti

 

Picture credit: www.nation.co.ke

 

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