Sierra Leone down ten-man Kenya in Freetown

Sierra Leone down ten-man Kenya in Freetown
10 June 2017 10:56

Sierra Leone started their Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019 qualifiers journey positively with a 2-1 win over ten-man Kenya in a Group F clash on Saturday in Freetown.

 

Julius Wobay scored in the first half and skipper Umaru Bangura added a second from the spot with Michael Olunga scoring Kenya’s late consolation later.

 

Despite taking time to settle into the match, Kenya had the best of scoring opportunities before the hosts broke the deadlock. Debutant Massoud Juma wasted a glorious 17th minute opportunity when one-on-one with goalkeeper Solomon Morris after picking a pass from Olunga.

 

For the missed opportunity, Kenya was punished four minutes on the turn. Wobay met a cut back from a Kei Kamara cross on the left and he shot first time, and despite Boniface Oluoch having a touch on the ball, it hit the inside of the upright before rolling into the net.

 

Kenya captain Victor Wanyama came close to making an immediate response but his header hit the crossbar after racing to meet a free-kick from Eric Johannah.

 

The visiting Harambee Stars continued creating chances but failed to utilize them. In the 34th minute, Johannah had a chance from a free-kick but he sent it straight to the keeper.

 

Two minutes later, double open scoring chances again went begging. Wanyama’s shot from a Johannah pass was blocked by Morris and Olunga struck the crossbar with a rebound.

 

Five minutes to the break, bad was to turn to worse for Kenya with defender Brian Mandela being sent off for a rush tackle on Alhassan Kamara as the last man in defense.

 

In the second half, Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi made a change necessitated by the red card, bringing on David Ochieng for Massoud.

 

The Leone Stars found a way to maintain the tempo and in the 56th minute, Alhassan came close to adding a second but he slipped as he pulled the trigger when he met a cross from the right.

 

On 70 minutes, they homers went 2-0 up from the spot after Kenya left back Erick Marcello axed Kamara inside the box, and Bangura stepped up to convert home.

 

Olunga gave Kenya some hope in the 75th minute when he wonderfully curled home a freekick from the edge of the box for what turned out to be the consolation.

 

Ghana host Ethiopia in the other Group F match later on Sunday in Kumasi.

 

 

Fixtures

Group A

9.06.2017      Obeid            Sudan 1-3 Madagascar

10.06.2017    Dakar            Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea

 

Group B

10.06.2017    Yaounde        Cameroon 1-0 Morocco

10.06.2017    Lilongwe        Malawi 1-0 Comoros 

 

Group C

10.06.2017    Bamako         Mali 2-1 Gabon

10.06.2017    Bujumbura    Burundi 3-1 South Sudan

 

Group D

11.06.2017    Blida              Algeria vs Togo

11.06.2017    Cotonou         Benin vs Gambia

 

Group E

9.06.2017      Cairo             Libya 5-1 Seychelles

10.06.2017    Uyo               Nigeria 0-2 South Africa

 

Group F

10.06.2017    Freetown       Sierra Leone 2-1 Kenya

11.06.2017    Kumasi          Ghana vs Ethiopia

 

Group G

10.06.2017    Kinshasa        DR Congo 3-1 Congo

11.06.2017    Harare           Zimbabwe vs Liberia

 

Group H

10.06.2017    Bouake          Cote d’Ivoire 2-3 Guinea

11.06.2017    Bangui           Central African Rep. vs Rwanda

 

Group I

10.06.2017    Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 3-1 Angola

10.06.2017    Francistown   Botswana 0-1 Mauritania

 

Group J

10.06.2017    Niamey          Niger 0-0 Swaziland

11.06.2017    Tunis             Tunisia vs Egypt

 

Group K

10.06.2017    Ndola            Zambia 0-1 Mozambique

10.06.2017    Bissau           Guinea Bissau 1-0 Namibia

 

Group L

10.06.2017    Dar es Salaam          Tanzania 1-1 Lesotho

11.06.2017    Praia                        Cape Verde vs Uganda

Fixtures and Results

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