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    Stars strike Mambas in thrilling clash


    Harambee Stars' Macdonald Mariga (left) celebrates his goal against Mozambique with team-mates Austin Makacha (centre) and Victor Mugabe during their World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifier at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Saturday. Stars won 2-1


    Posted Saturday, June 20 2009 at 20:39

    Kenya revived their very slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup after recording a determined 2-1 win over Mozambique at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Saturday.

    Right back Julius Owino opened the scoring for Harambee Stars with a fortuitous goal in the eighth minute and Macdonald Mariga added the second via a penalty in the 71st minute.

    Mozambique, who will feel unlucky with the score line, got their lone goal in the 50th minute from Elias Pelembe's close range strike.

    The win hauled Kenya from last to third in Group Two with three points and put them on the driving sit for one of three available slots for African Cup of Nations qualifications

    A World Cup slot looks improbable with group leaders Tunisia (six points) and second-placed Nigeria (four points), who were due to clash last night, the front runners for the coveted position

    "The road to Angola has started. We must work hard and maintain our third position," captain Musa Otieno said.

    It was a sedentary display from Harambee Stars despite playing at home as the fleeter footed Mozambicans threatened to steal the match.

    Lead striker Dennis Oliech had probably his most nondescript appearance in Kenyan colours, illustrated by his failure to make an attempted shot on goal and coach Antoine Hey showed his displeasure by substituting him in the second half.

    Mozambique, showed why they are one of the most improved teams in Africa with some neat football, pace and dangerous forays mounted mainly on Kenya's vulnerable right flank manned by goal scorer Julius Owino.

    Great individual play

    Kenya controlled the pace in the early stages of the match without looking threatening. Their goal illustrated the lack of sharpness in their attack.

    Owino picked a square passl from just outside his half took a couple of step before sending a hopeful cross into the area. But his delivery somehow went straight into the net, though the poor reaction of Mozambique keeper Cumbane Marcelino may have played a big hand in the outcome. He was soon after substituted.

    DAILY NATION- Stars strike Mambas in thrilling clash