Kenya gained a two-goal advantage over Sudan in the first lag of their World Cup soccer qualifying match in Nairobi on Sunday (July 16).
Kenya gained a two-goal advantage over Sudan in the first lag of their World Cup soccer qualifying match in Nairobi on Sunday (July 16). The two teams meet for the second leg in Khartoum next Sunday.
Making the most of the advantage of playing before a home crowd, Kenya opened strongly. But the Sudanese defence held out until a minute before half-time. Then Kenyan centre-forward Daniel Anyanzqa scored with a headed goal from a corner.
The home side kept up the pressure in the second half. and another corner after 65 minutes resulted in Kenya's second goal. This time William Oum was the scorer. There were no further goals.
Coverage from Visnews cameraman Mohamed Amin includes ceremonies before the kick-off, when the two teams were presented to Kenyan Co-operatives and Social Services Minister, Mr. Omamo Okero, and the Sudanese Ambassador, Mr. Sayed Mohammed Mirghani.
SYNOPSIS: In Nairobi, Kenya's national soccer team took the field against Sudan in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying match on Sunday.
Kenya's Social Services Minister and Sudan's Ambassador met the two sides before the start. But behind the scenes, the Sudanese had criticised their hosts for poor preparations.
Kenya, playing right to left, kicked off. Team spirit is high since a two-nil victory over Uganda last month. And on Sunday, the Kenyans made the most of their ground advantage and attacked from the start.
Sudan, attacking here, are one of the African teams taking part in the Olympic Games at Munich. They've prepared for the double challenge of Olympics and World Cup with some rigorous team training.
But though the Sudanese contingent contains many of the players who won the Africa Nations Cup in 1970, the Kenyans kept up the pressure throughout the first half.
One minute before half-time, Kenya took the load. Centre-forward Daniel Anyanzqa got the ball in the net from a corner taken by Jack Aluko. It gave the home side a great psychological advantage to take into the second half.
Sudan won a free kick shortly after the interval. But the Kenyan defence held firm, knowing that away goals scored against them count double in the event of a draw. The two sides meet for the second leg of the match in Khartoum next Sunday.
Twenty minutes into the second-half, Kenya went further ahead. This time William Oum was the scorer. The final score: Kenya Two, Sudan Nil.