Azam defender Jockins Atudo netted the opener in the first half from the penalty spot before AFC Leopards' striker Allan Wanga struck the winner
Harambee Stars registered a resounding 2-0 win over Zanzibar to quality for GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarter-finals from Group ‘A’ at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Tuesday.
Azam defender Jockins Atudo converted from the penalty spot before AFC Leopards’ striker and captain of the day Allan Wanga scored the second as Stars extended their unbeaten run in the tournament.
A coin toss will now be done to determine who tops the Group after Kenya shared points and goal difference with Ethiopia. Both teams have seven points from three matches and a +6 goal difference.
Harambee Stars came into the match oozing with confidence and spurred on by the thousands of fans who thronged Afraha Stadium. Coach Adel Amrouche made only one change bringing in Musa Mohammed in the place of suspended Aboud Omar while Allan Wanga took over the skipper’s armband.
It only took them five minutes to get into the score sheet, Jockins Atudo scoring his second goal of the tournament from the penalty spot.
Fracis Kahata had picked up the ball inside the box after Zanzibar goalie Rashid Abdallah had parried away Jacob Kelli’s shot but was fouled headed goal ward by Hassan Rajab. Penalty specialist Jockins Atudo took over the task of converting and he did well to slot on the top left corner.
However, Zanzibar were never to go down without a fight as they kept their attack. Keeper Duncan Ochieng made a superb save in the 17th minute. Zanzibar had won a free-kick just at the top of the box with Zanzibar starting it short, Masoud Ali shooting goalwards but Ochieng' came out tops.
Two minutes later, Francis Kahata had a dipping effort go just over the bar as Stars went back to attack. Red hot Jacob Kelli had another decent opportunity after taking advantage of his speed to beat Hassan Rajab, but keeper Abdallah Rashid saved his shot with his feet.
On the half hour mark, Peter Opiyo tried his luck from distance with the keeper parrying it away for a throw in. On the opposite end, Suleiman ‘Selembe’ Kassim almost grabbed an equalizer but his shot after good exchange of passes with Masoud hit the side netting.
Adel Amrouche brought in Clifton Miheso for the off color Noah Wafula in the second period and that changed the speed of attack in the game. Allan Wanga silenced his critics taking Kenya two goals up in the 54th minute with a superb shot at the top of the box.
The Ingwe forward almost grabbed a brace three minutes later but Zanzibar keeper thwarted his effort.