Seychelles vs Kenya: Harambee Stars Hit Five As Michael Olunga Bags Brace in World Cup Qualifier

Seychelles vs Kenya: Harambee Stars Hit Five As Michael Olunga Bags Brace in World Cup Qualifier

Martin Moses
November 21, 2023 at 5:39 AM
  • Harambee Stars swept aside Seychelles in the first 45 minutes of the World Cup qualifier contest
  • This was Kenya's second game after going down to Gabon in Franceville on November 16
  • Team captain Michael Olunga scored twice, with Masoud Juma getting on the scoresheet as well

Michael Olunga grabbed a quickfire brace inside the opening six minutes of Kenya's World Cup qualifier against Seychelles on November 20.

Kenya's national football team, Harambee Stars, lined up against Seychelles at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, looking to bounce back from the agonising last-gasp loss to Gabon in their first game last week.

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Michael Olunga celebrates during a past Harambee Stars game. Photo by Simon Holmes.
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Seychelles will use foreign grounds for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers as they do not have a CAF-approved stadium. They had lost 9-0 to the group's favourites Ivory Coast in their opening game.

Kenya's Head Coach Engin Firat made two changes from that starting XI, with Eric Johanna and Eric 'Marcelo' Ouma taking the places of Kenneth Muguna and Aboud Omar, respectively.

Michael Olunga vs Seychelles

Olunga, who is the team's captain, capitalised on a misplaced pass for the Seychelles defence before losing Lucas Panayi on the edge of the area. The Al-Duhail striker then slammed the ball past Carlos Simeon in goal for his first of the night.

Barely three minutes later, the former Gor Mahia captain was at it again. Marcelo started the move with a sweetly floated ball into the area, which Olunga beautifully brought down. His first shot was saved by Simeone, but the striker was quick to react to the rebound, slotting in Kenya's second.

In first-half stoppage time, a quick throw-in from Marcelo caught the Seychelles defence napping. The Swedish-based defender found Masoud Juma, who scored his second goal of the qualifiers with a low and hard shot to put Kenya three to the good inside the first 45 minutes.

Firat replaced Marcelo with Aboud Omar at the start of the second half, with Kenya picking up from where they had left from.

In the 52nd minute, Omar's cutback into the area missed everybody but fell kindly to Rooney Onyango, who thumped in his first international goal.

He later turned provider after he maximised on Seychelles' attempt to play from the back. He squared off the ball to his teammate Benson Omala, who had just been brought on for Masoud Juma.

Kenya had numerous chances to widen their scoreline but failed to do so. This was, nonetheless, one of the biggest scorelines in the history of Kenyan football.

Firat's men will now play Burundi and Ivory Coast next year at home.

Kenyan celebration on EAFC 24

Sports Brief has also reported that a goal celebration inspired by Kenyan international Sven Yidah has made its way to the popular video game EAFC 24.

The latest edition of the game, formerly known as FIFA, was released on September 29 with a number of upgrades and additions to enhance the user experience.

One interesting new addition is the HyperMotion technology that aims to increase the authenticity of football gameplay.

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