Harambee Stars registered their first away victory under coach Stanley Okumbi after they beat DR Congo in a friendly encounter on Tuesday night by an Olunga lone goal.
Michael Olunga carried his sensational form from Swedish club, Djurgardens IF, into the national team with a fine poacher’s goal in the 65th minute.
The move was started by the Greece-based winger, Paul Were, who dribbled his way down the left wing before smacking the ball off the woodwork. The ball kindly fell into the path of the former Gor Mahia striker, who rifled in with a magnificent half volley.
Harambee Stars were remarkably awful in the first 45 minutes but their hosts failed to capitalize despite having penetrated the porous defense on several occasions. Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch earned his stripes as he denied DRC scoring from point blank range on two occasions in the opening six minutes.
Stamley Okumbi’s team which was without their inspirational skipper, Victor Wanyama, came out roaring in the second half and changed their fortunes.
The game became balanced as both sides exchanged blows and were guilty of missing guilt edged opportunities. Firmin Mubele and Everton FC winger Yannick Bolasie wasted chances to take the lead before Olunga struck.
DRC nearly found a late equalizer in the 80th minute via substitute Lukebakio Dody. His dipping effort from a free-kick rattled the crossbar with GK Oluoch well beaten. The hosts continued to press but were kept at bay until the final whistle.
The odds were not in favor of Kenya in the fixture going by previous displays and the FIFA rankings. Stanley Okumbi’s men will be looking to build on this result and qualify the Stars for a major tournament.