Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has promised to review the Iraq-Thailand friendly losses suffered in the month of October FKF
Okumbi to review Stars losses to Iraq and Thailand
By Zachary Oguda | Thu 12 Oct, 2017 14:20

Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has promised to review his team's losses at the hands of Iraq and Thailand in the friendly clashes last week during the Kenya national team's Asian tour.

Stars lost to Iraq in their first game before going down to a lowly ranked Thailand team and according to the former Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks head coach, things did not tgo to plan but he's keen to review the games and build on the lessons in the next assignments.

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Essential Lessons

“The two matches have provided us with essential lessons. We are not happy that results didn’t go our way but we will review the situation and hopefully build on the same,” Okumbi told the federation's official portal.

In the game against Iraq, staged on Thursday 5 October at the Basra International Stadium, Kenya lost 2-1 with the hosts getting their goals through Hekmat Nouri and Ahmed Ibrahim while Spain based Michael Olunga scored the lone goal for Stars.

Three days later, Stars went down 0-1 to Thailand who are currently at position 137 in FIFA Rankings. Teerasil Dangda was the hero of the day for the hosts at the SCG Stadium.

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Missing

The team missed the services of several first team players, including captain Victor Wanyama, defender Brian Mandela and winger Ayub Timbe who were all injured, with defender David Ochieng and midfielder Johanna Omollo missing due to club commitments. Sweden based Eric Johanna who featured in the Iraq game had to withdraw from the Thailand game after being recalled by his club who had a league game on the same day. Georgia based left back Erick Ouma traveled to Asia but did not feature due to injury.

Okumbi was speaking upon the team's arrival on Tuesday 10 October.

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Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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