Kenyan Football watch: 'Engineer' Scores Twice To Send His Club to the Round of 16

Kenyan Football watch: 'Engineer' Scores Twice To Send His Club to the Round of 16

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM
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  • Olunga bagged a brace to help Al Duhail beat Sepahan in the last group stage match of the AFC Champions League
  • The Kenyan captain now has four goals in the competition. He was the top scorer last season.
  • Former Harambee Stars international Paul Were now playing for Division two side

Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga scored twice as his Al Duhail side thrashed Sepahan 5-2 in the AFC Champions League. Al Duhail were already through to the next round but didn’t spare the Iranian side.

Olunga tapped into an empty net in the 10th minute after some wonderful work from Nam Tae-Hee. Sepahan equalized 10 minutes later before Olunga latched on a delicious ball from Assim Madibo to restore his side’s lead.

Michael Olunga, Al Duhail, Qatar Amir Cup
Michael Olunga(second right) celebrates his goal with teammates during the Qatar Amir Cup Final between Al-Duhail and Al-Gharafa at the Khalifa International stadium. Photo by KARIM JAAFAR
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Brazilian Edimilson Junior also bagged a brace on either side of a Ferjan Sassi strike to extinguish Sepahan’s hopes of going through. Junior’s first goal was a glorious curler from outside the box. He now leads the top scorer charts with 8 goals.

The Qatari side finished the group with 15 points to book their ticket to the next round. Last season, they were eliminated in the group stage despite a fine run of form from Olunga. The former Kashiwa Reysol and Gor Mahia striker won the Golden Boot despite Al Duhail’s early exit.

The Hernan Crespo coached side will now wait to know who they will face in the round of 16.

Oduor an unused substitute in Barnsley's defeat

At the same time, Clarke Oduor was on the bench as his Barnsley side lost 2-0 to Blackpool. Barnsley occupy the last position of the English Championship and have already been relegated to League One.

Owen Dale and Oliver Casey scored for Blackpool to extend their unbeaten run to four games. Barnsley, meanwhile remain winless in their past seven attempts. Oduor has been out of favour, with constant injury problems keeping him out of the side. The defender has so far gotten one national cap to his name.

Paul Were now in Division Two

In a sharp contrast of fortunes, former Harambee Stars winger Paul Were is now turning out for FKF Division Two Club, South B All-Stars. Were enjoyed a fine career during his prime days that saw him have stints in South Africa and Greece. The explosive winger endeared himself to fans with his quick feet and dribbles.

Heartbreak for Kenyan defenders

Sports Brief had earlier reported how Kenyan international defenders Joash Onyango and Brian Mandela crashed out of continental football with their respective clubs. Joash’s Simba was eliminated from the CAF Confederation Cup by Soweto giants Orlando Pirates on post-match penalties.

Mandela, meanwhile saw his Mamelodi Sundowns side go down to Petro Atletico in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)