Kenya blew away their slim chances of qualifying for 2017 Afcon final in Gabon after they lost to Guinea Bissau at home
Harambee Stars hopes of qualifying for Afcon finals are seemingly over after a 1-0 defeat at home to Guinea Bissau.
The goal, scored by Casemiro from a corner-kick, however, led to protest by both the Kenyan players and fans. It is a move which forced the referee to stop the match until the situation was under control, but nevertheless, the move by the home fans might have irked the wrath of Caf, who might take an action.
Stanley Okumbi made four changes from the side which lost by a solitary goal on Wednesday, bringing in Joackins Atudo, Dennis Odhiambo, Anthony Akumu and Paul Were in place of Musa Mohammed, suspended David Owino, Patillah Omotto, and Erick Johanna.
The match started with the home side pushing for a goal and it took just three minutes for Johanna Omollo to win the first foul which unfortunately bore no fruit. Three minutes later, captain Victor Wanyama won a foul in a promising position but could not find overlapping (Dennis) Odhiambo.
Stars upped their tempo and in the 13th minute, Were was brought down just outside the danger zone by Gomis but the referee did not award anything.
In the half hour mark, striker Michael Olunga battled past his marker before unleashing a shot which went just wide. Twelve minutes later, Wanyama once again failed to hit the target as his shot went just wide.
The visitors must have been relieved when the first half whistle was blown.
In the second half, Zesco United forward Jesse Were was introduced to take the position of James Situma, with the opponents also introducing Mendes for Bounding. But it was the Stars, who looked dangerous with Miheso finding out Olunga, who failed to hit the target.
Guinea Bissau continued pushing with slim opportunities they got. In the 75th minute, they beat an offside trap only for Odhiambo to make a timely intervention to deny them. They won a corner with ten minutes to go which Sanchez Casemiro finding the controversial goal. Despite Origi seemingly clearing it, the ref awarded a goal.
The game was briefly stopped as players protested. But it was another loss for Kenyan coach Okumbi, who has now lost two competitive matches in a row, and more pressure to new Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.