China-based Michael Olunga scored a brace as Kenya narrowly edged out visiting DRC 2-1 in an international friendly match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 26th March. South Africa-based Brian Niang Mandela also put in a massive shift as well as the new sheriff in town, Sammy Onyango.
Generally it was a good team performance, save for questionable calls by the center referee Davis Omweno. Here's how the stars rated against DR Congo.
1. Boniface Oluoch - 6/10
Save from his poor positioning that gifted the visitors their lone goal, the Gor Mahia custodian had a good game and made several daring saves to keep Harambee Stars in the lead.
2. Joackins Atudo - 7/10
The experienced defender was at his usual no-nonsense element, working hard throughout the match and it was good to see him finally getting the confidence to string a few passes and initiate attacks from the back. He made a crucial goal line clearance and had a good game.
3. Abud Omar - 6/10
Decent performance from the Bulgaria-based left-back whose concentration lapse towards the end of the matches has cost Harambee Stars in previous matches. He picked up an injury later on but put in a good shift nonetheless.
4. Brian Mandela - 7/10
The South Africa-based defender was massive and even dribbled all the way from the back to assist Olunga for the first goal of the match. Exhibited leadership qualities and this explains why coach Stanley Okumbi entrusted him with the captain's armband against Uganda on Thursday.
Also read: Uganda Cranes hold Kenya in Machakos
5. David Owino - 6/10
The Zambia-based defender put in a commanding display as usual and attempted to initiate attacks from the back, by dribbling all the way up. Thwarted several attempts by Congo danger men Junior Kabananga and Joel Kakuta by timing their runs perfectly to intercept the ball.
6. David Ochieng - 6/10
Cheche, as he is commonly known back at home, was playing in an unfamiliar role as a spoiler, just infront of the two central defenders; Mandela and David Owino, and he did just well, clearing the danger especially the long balls that are characteristic of DRC.
7. Victor Wanyama - 7/10
At Harambee Stars Victor plays more as an offensive midfielder and though against DRC he did not give his characteristic commanding display, he exhibited some flashes of brilliance and was key for Stars.
8. Johanna Omolo - 6/10
Tosh was once again calm and collected, playing behind the strikers and dropped down to help Wanyama in midfield which was key in the outcome of the match. Made several crucial tackles and his passing was on point.
9. Sammy Onyango - 8/10
What a way to announce his arrival at the National team! His second cap and the Ulinzi Stars forward was a strong contender for the Man of the Match accolade. Troubled the DRC left back with his pace and trickery on the ball and almost scored after intercepting a lose ball just outside the box. His confidence is way up and he will be key for Kenya in future. He's got a lot of potential!
10. Michael Olunga - 9/10
Lad just turned 23 and everything is working out well for him at the moment. 3 goals in two matches this week and his celebrations have all been the same - indicating it's his time to shine. Against DRC he showed his predatory instincts, cutting in strongly in to score with his weaker foot for the first goal and perfectly timing Sammy Onyango's run to complete his brace. He will be back in Europe soon.
11. Jese Were - 5
Playing just off Olunga and sometimes on the wide, Jesse Were once again struggled to impress at the National team level despite scoring for fun at Zesco in Zambia. A case of being played at the wrong position or is he just unlucky at Harambee Stars?