Kenya’s Soccer team, Harambee Stars, lived up to the expectations of thousands of fans who thronged into the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani, from as early as 8.am, today.
The Stars were in superb form and got their opener via Michael Olunga in the 23rd minute.
Eric Omondi made it 2-0 in the 27th minute and skipper
Victor Wanyama sealed off victory with a fine penalty in the 67th minute; to complete a magnificent rout against the Ethiopians.
Many fans showed love for the local boys and the politicians weren’t left behind, either; from philanthropic donations, to physically making it to Kasarani to witness the epic clash. Was it a case of genuine support and love for sports or just a case of political opportunism, to gain political mileage! Recently, Kenya pulled out of the hosting of 2 soccer competitions citing lack of facilities. Last week, the team was literally broke, as the Federation of Kenya Football, FKF, was unable to meet the team members’ allowances. It took the intervention of the government, via the Deputy president, to bail out the team after coach Migne had given FKF a notice to clear him of outstanding salary (arrears) and allowances.
See images (Courtesy) of various politicians wearing the national team’s jerseys and congratulatory messages, sent after today’s triumph over Ethiopia:
President Uhuru Kenyatta: “Congratulations #HarambeeStars for the well deserved victory. Hongera and God Bless #Kenya! #AFCON2019.”
Nairobi County Governor, Hon. Mike Sonko: “I honoured my promise of a Sh3m cash reward to #HarambeeStars after their 3-0 win against Ethiopia in the AFCON qualifier match at Kasarani.”
Dr. Alfred Mutua, Machakos County Governor: “Asante sana #HarambeeStars. 3-0 is a certified win!!!! Olunga, Omondi and Wanyama, Fantastic job!!”
Deputy President, H.E William Ruto: “The boys have done it! A momentous occasion as Harambee Stars thump Ethiopia 3-0 to all but guarantee a place at 2019 Africa Cup of Nations showpiece. Tactical discipline, sterling team effort, fantastic home support and belief carry the day. Let’s savour a great win.”
Wiper leader, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka: “What an exciting match it was, congratulations are in order Harambee Stars; fantastic performance! 3-0 is not a mean achievement. God Bless Kenya.”
Kirinyaga County Governor, Hon. Ann Waiguru: “A hearty congratulations to Harambee Stars for a resounding win against Ethiopia today in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
Hongera vijana wetu!”
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