A Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Select team went down 1-2 to Hull City fringe players in a exhibition match played at the KCOM Stadium on Monday 27th February. The home side dominated the first half but the Kenyans fought hard in the second half and got their only goal of the night through Humphrey Mieno's volley in the dying minutes of the game.
KPL AllStars Line Up: Wanga to lead AllStars' onslaught against Hull City
This is how the "stars" performed.
1. Patrick Matasi (GK) - 4/10
A bit shaky at the start and was a bit exposed by the center-backs but recovered well as the match proceeded on. Made a few crucial saves and generally had an average game.
2. James Situma - 3/10
Arguably the worst performer in the Kenyan team. Despite being among the experienced players, Situma committed several school boy mistakes but surprisingly played the entire match.
3. Wesley Onguso - 5/10
The Western Stima shook off an early scare after a near fatal head collision with Max Sheaf to put up a pretty decent performance. Was eager to initiate and get involved in attacks and was crucial in tracking back to defend.
4. Harun Shakava - 4/10
The Gor Mahia centre-back also made several good clearances and interceptions but scored a comical own goal to cap an otherwise average performance.
5. Robinson Kamura - 4/10
The new AFC Leopards defender, known for his calmness on the ball and dead ball speciality, had a night to forget at the KCOM Stadium. His partnership with Shakava was shaky and was exposed throughout the match. Blasted one free-kick way wide and had another go inches wide. Not one of his best performances.
6. Osborne Monday - 6/10
The "evergreen" Mundial dictated the tempo in the middle of the park and settled in seamlessly. Had a fine volley parried away at the dying minutes of the match but was in most instances outrun by the youthful Hull City midfield generals. Age catching up?
7. Amos Nondi - 4 /10
Nondi was one of the youngsters touted to impress scouts in Hull but had a bad game throughout, perhaps stage fright or a case of being played out of position? His prefered position is just behind the strikers but has played on the flanks at club level severally.
8. Humphrey Mieno - 7/10
The Tusker FC skipper scored AllStars' consolation goal and exhibited several flashes of brilliance. Attempted those defense-splitting passes to the strikers and made several key challenges and interceptions in midfield.
9. Allan Wanga - 6/10
The team captain forced 17-year old Hull custodian Charlie Andrew into several fine saves and his combination play with strike partner Mark Makwatta has potential.
10. Mark Makwatta - 8/10
Arguably our best player in the match. The 2015 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Golden Boot winner was a constant menace to the Hull defenders and forced Andrew into some acrobatic saves throughout the match.
11. Cliff Kasuti - 5/10
The Ulinzi Stars winger did well especially after switching wings with Nondi but he needs to work on his final ball delivery; a lot of mis-passes but definitely one for the future.
1. Moses Dube Odhiambo - 6/10
Came in for the ineffective Amos Nondi and proved, just like fine wine, he is getting fine with age. Had some deft touches and almost contributed an assist, Humphrey Mieno heading his in-swinger wide.
Christopher Oruchum, Joshua Otieno and Kataka
The two youngsters (Oruchum and Joshua) barely had a touch of the ball and it will be unfair to rate them. Kataka too barely had a contribution worth noting in the match after coming on for Kasuti.