In a friendly international soccer match in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday (15 December), the Kenyan team beat Lesotho one-nil.
SV Stadium ZOOM IN TO Kenyan flag
GV ZOOM IN TO Start of match. Lesotho in all-white strip kick off
GV Kenya attacking Lesotho goal and losing possession. Lesotho start attack and shoot wide of net
GV Kenya building up attack and ball being cleared by Lesotho defender
GV Kenya kick-off in second half
GV Build up attack on Lesotho goal from own area
GV Kenya scoring goal. Final score 1-0.
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Background: In a friendly international soccer match in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday (15 December), the Kenyan team beat Lesotho one-nil.
The fixture had been arranged at the request of Lesotho. The Lesotho soccer team had just completed a tour of Tanzania during that country's Independence celebrations. They had asked the Kenyan F.A. for a match in Nairobi before they returned home. During their tour, the Lesotho team had lost 4-1 to Tanzania, but drew against Zanzibar and the Coast.
Kenya on the other hand cold approach the match with confidence, having won the Jamhuri Cup Tournament against Uganda and Zambia earlier this month. For this friendly, however, they only fielded four of the side that won that competition -- Ang "Ana, Thigo, Wamalwa, and Mwenje. Instead the manager took the opportunity to try out some youngsters. Kenya's ex-skipper and present football coach, Jonathan Niva, also played, taking the place of a selected player who had been unable to take part.
Throughout the first half Lesotho played the 4-2-4 defensive system which the Kenyan forwards were unable to crack. Their own attack was provided with several opportunities, but were unable to put Lesotho in the lead.
In the second half, Ang "Ana was replaced by the international schoolboy player, Nyapinda, who showed good form. The one and only goal came in the sixtieth minute, when a long pass from Magogo was mishandled by the Lesotho defence. It was picked up by Niva who made sure the ball hit the back of the Lesotho net.
Lesotho fought back and nearly equalised a few minutes later. Kenya's defence recovered its nerve and the visitors were never allowed another chance.
SYNOPSIS: In the Nairobi Stadium on Saturday, Kenya's national soccer team played Lesotho in an international friendly match. Lesotho, in all-white strip, kicked off and immediately began the first of a series of attacks on the Kenyan goal. The match had been arranged at Lesotho's request.
The Lesotho team had just completed a tour of Tanzania during that country's Independence celebrations, and they had approached Kenya requesting a match in Nairobi before returning home. Kenya could enter the game with a good deal more confidence than their visitors. Earlier this month the Kenyan team had won the Jamhuri Cup Tournament against Uganda and Zambia, whereas Lesotho had lost four-one to Tanzania and only drew with Zanzibar.
Kenya only fielded four of the players who won the Jamhuri trophy, and their manager took the opportunity to try out youngsters in the side. It was perhaps the general lack of experience that made it difficult for them to crack Lesotho's four-two-four system of defence which the visitors used to good effect.
Up to the interval the Lesotho attack were presented with several opportunities, but when Kenya kicked-off in the second half, there was still no score. So far both sides looked equally matched.
However, the Kenyan attack began to harry Lesotho's previously strong defence. One of the home side's most experienced players, Ang "Ana, had been replaced by the international schoolboy star, Nyapinda, who showed good form. Also playing in the Kenyan side was the national side's ex-skipper, and present football coach, Jonathan Niva, giving the team a nice mixture of mature experience and youthful enthusiasm.
The crowd, impatient for a goal, were eventually rewarded in the sixtieth minute, when a mishandled Lesotho pass was picked up by Niva who scored Kenya's decisive goal.