Saturday, March 23, 2013

LIVE: Kenya vs Nigeria

A screen grab of the World Cup qualifier pitting Kenya against Nigeria March 23, 2-13. JENNIFER MUIRURI

A screen grab of the World Cup qualifier pitting Kenya against Nigeria March 23, 2-13. JENNIFER MUIRURI  

By OBED MUINDI

19:54 Nigeria failed to become the first African champion since Cameroon in 2000 to win their first match after being crowned African champions. Kenya's Harambee Stars came out as a formidable side displaying one of its finest game. The 1-1 draw is good results for coach Adel Amrouche being his first assignment with the national team after he was appointed the head coach. The return match later this year in Nairobi will be the litmus test for Amrouche after a good display away in Nigeria.

19:54 Full time Kenya 1-1 Nigeria

19:53 Nigeria equalizes

19:52 Tempers fly high on the pitch

19:50 Origi gets yellow card

19:48 Oliech comes out as five minutes added as extra time

19:47 Keshi rests Moses

19:46 Origi again saves another threatening attack from the hosts as the clock ticks away to the last whistle.

19:44 Captain Oliech organises his team to avoid an equalizer from Nigeria.

19:43 Amrouche expelled from the touchline

19:42 Nigeria looks disorganized in the midfield and striking as they miss many chances with about seven minutes to the final whistle.

19:40 Origi with another save denying Mikel chance to wave his one finger salute in the air.

19:37 Home fans in low spirits but get their breath back as Kahata misses to find the back of the net.

19:32 Nigeria putting pressure on Stars. Moses with a corner kick but it is cut away superbly by Origi

19:26 Francis Kahata carried away on a stretcher as the game gets more entertaining with Kenyan side looking more dangerous.

19:24 Oliech, Kenya's captain, breaks loose threatening the Eagle's Enyeama.

19:23 Origi confidently saves a threatening shot from Nigeria's Victor Moses.

19:22 Amrouche on the touchline organizing his charges as Keshi looks on from his stand.

19:21 Kenya 1-0 Nigeria

19:15 Dennis Oliech limps out of the field after he was brought down. Stars sticking to Amrouche's plan of attacking more than defending as is the norm for visiting teams.

19:12 Edwin Lavatsa replaces Jamal Mohammed as Amrouche seeks to strengthen his side for an all important win in Calabar

19:04 John Obi Mikel, Vincent Enyeama, Elderson Echiejile and Obafemi Martins, who scored twice in the 2009 clash are the only four Super Eagles' players from that team that are being relied on in today's clash.

19:02 Victor Moses hurriedly threatens Origi but the Kenya defence proves hard for him to penetrate.

19:00 Second half kicks off with Kenya leading 1-0

19:00 The closest Kenya came to beating Nigeria was on January 12, 1997 when it forced a 1-1 draw in the 1998 World Cup Qualifier but on June 07, 1997 Nigeria trounced Kenya 3-0 in the same 1998 World Cup Qualifier

18:59 On June 07, 1985 Nigeria beat Kenya 3-0 in the 1986 World Cup Qualifier and again on April 20, 1985, Kenya lost 1-3 Nigeria, 1986 World Cup Qualifiers.

18:48 Fireworks expected in the second half as Kenya seeks to be the first team to beat Nigeria in Calabar since 1904 and for the first time since they played the Eagles in a friendly match on August 03, 1981. Nigeria beat Kenya 3-1.

18:48 Half time whistle. Stars 1-0 Eagles.

18:47 Eagles miss chance to equalize from a free kick.

18:44 Superb save by Origi.

18:43 Two minutes to half time Kenya 1-0 Nigeria. Francis Kahata put the visiting side ahead in the 37'

18:43 The last clash between both teams was a friendly game in Abuja in March 2011 and the Super Eagles triumphed 3-0.

18:40 Harambee Stars go in search of their first win against Super Eagles.

18:37 Francis Kahata scores with a deft free kick to silence the home crowd. Advantage Kenya.

18:37 Kenya scores. Kenya 1-0 Nigeria

18:35 Echejile gets yellow card.

18:34 Eagles coach not happy as his side fails to display great game. Stars coach Amrouche looking confident as his side tightens defence and attacks more.

18:33 Dennis Oliech misses chance to put Kenya ahead.

18:30 Martins shoots across bar as the Eagles show thirst for goals.

18:28 Stars Omollo gets yellow card

18:26 Nigeria looking dangerous. The Eagles have the ball inside the net but have been ruled out for off-side

18:23 Superb save by Origi and Owino. Nigeria wins corner but miss chance to open scores.

18:22 Kenya 0 0 Nigeria

18:21 Wanyama shot blocked

18:20 Captain Oliech fouled

18:19 Wanyama passes to Origi, Origi to Jamal back to Wanyama. Great ball possession by the duo.

18:19 Victor Moses gets hard time penetrating the Stars defence

18:17 Origi passes ball to Jamal but dispossessed by Mba

18:15 Stephen Keshi barks orders to his charges.

18:14 Jamal Mohammed and Victor Wanyama holding the Kenyan midfield.

18:13 Arnold Origi displaying great sportsmanship. Passes ball to captain Dennis Oliech.

18:10 Stars lineup: Arnold Origi, David Owino, Mulinge Munandi, David Ochieng, Brian Mandela, Victor Wanyama, David Gateri, Johanna Omollo, Jamal Mohammed, Dennis Oliech and Francis Kahata. Coach Adel Amrouche

18:06 Nigeria lineup: Vincent Enyeama, Solomon Kwambe, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echejile, Sunday Mba, Mikel Obi, Eddy Onazi, Obafemi Martins, Victor Moses and Brown Ideye

18:04 This is the first major assignment for the Stars Coach Adel Amrouche. He is seeking to be the first coach to beat Nigeria.

18:01 The 2014 World Cup qualifier match between Kenya's Harambee Stars and Nigeria's Super Eagles underway in Calabar, Nigeria.

17:55 Kenya's Harambee Stars and Nigeria's Super Eagles match World Cup Qualifier is minutes from kick off

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