Voice of Sport

Alleged pressure on Amrouche to pick some players, Kahata replaced as captain by Wanga

The disappearance of the from the team on opening match was attributed to bad blood between him and some individuals in the national football federation

THEY said coach Adel Amrouche had a shaky hold on the Harambee Stars as over eager mandarins meddled with his team, despite failing to provide him with basic necessities for the squad.

The talk continued that even his selection is dictated. It reached a crescendo when his pick of captaincy was criticised.

Did the meddlers succeed?

On the opening two matches Amrouche’s decision appeared bold when he picked youngster Francis Kahata to lead the side. The player was excellent in his play execution and those who raised eyebrows pegged it on his relative “newness” when there were plenty of veterans including 32-year-old goalie Duncan Ochieng’, Jockins Atudo, James Situma, Peter Opiyo and Allan Wanga

Arm band to a rookie

Did pressure prevail and Amrouche took away the arm band from the rookie and handing it to Wanga on the Tuesday game against Zanzibar in Nakuru.

No matter. That did not appear to raffle Kahata as, literally from the kick off whistle, he raced down rough the Zanzibar defence and only vicious fouling would stop him in the box. Penalty.

Atudo stepped up to slot from the six yard spot to score his second goal of the tournament. A two-out-of-three, for the Azam defender, really, because when he scored converted the penalty in Kenya’s 3-1 win over South Sudan, he also missed one.

At time of Press, half time, Kenya were  Zanzibar 1-o, a lead they needed to maintain so as to top Group ‘A’

In the 2pm kick-off at Afraha, Ethiopia romped into the quarter-finals by beating South Sudan 2-0.

KENYA, starters v Zanzibar, Afraha Stadium, Tuesday, 4pm:

Duncan Ochieng’ [Sofapaka]:

James Situma [Sofapaka]

David Owino [Gor Mahia]

Jockins Atudo [Azam, Tanzania]

Musa Mohammed [Gor Mahia]:

Peter Opiyo [Tusker]

Francis Kahata [Thika United]

Anthony “Teddy” Akumu [Gor Mahia]

Noah Wafula [AFC Leopards]/Clifton Miheso [Thika United]:

Jacob Keli [KCB]

Allan Wanga (C) [AFC Leopards]



Tuesday December 2:   South Sudan v Ethiopia, 2pm [Afraha Stadium, Nakuru]

                                               Kenya v Zanzibar, 4pm [Afraha Stadium,  Stadium]

Wednesday, December 3: Somalia v Zambia, 2pm [Afraha Stadium, Nakuru]

                                             Tanzania Mainland v Burundi, 4pm [Afraha Stadium, Nakuru]



November 27 – December 12



Qualification: First two in each Group & best two qualify to Quarter finals

DATE – 2013 NO. TEAMS (final score) GROUP VENUE TIME
Wed 27th Nov 1 Zanzibar 2-1 South Sudan A NYAYO 2.00 PM
2 Kenya 0-0 Ethiopia A NYAYO 4.30PM
Thur 28th Nov 3 Burundi 2-0 Somalia B MACHAKOS 2.00 PM
4 Tanzania 1-1 Zambia B MACHAKOS 4.00 PM
Fri 29th Nov 5 Sudan 3-0 Eritrea C MACHAKOS 2.00 PM
6 Uganda 1-0 Rwanda C NYAYO 4.30 PM
Sat 30th Nov 7 Ethiopia 3-1 Zanzibar A NYAYO 2.00 PM
8 South Sudan 1-3 Kenya A NYAYO 4.00 PM
Sun 1st Dec 9 Somalia 1-0 Tanzania B NYAYO 2.00 PM
10 Zambia 1-0 Burundi B NYAYO 4.00 PM
Mon 2nd   Dec 11 Sudan 1-0 Rwanda C CITY STAD 2.00 PM
12 Eritrea 0-3 Uganda C CITY STAD 4.00 PM
Tue 3rd  Dec 13 South Sudan 0-2 Ethiopia A AFRAHA  2.00 PM
14 Kenya  1-0 Zanzibar HT A AFRAHA 4.00 PM
Wed 4th Dec 15 Somalia  v Zambia B AFRAHA  2.00 PM
16 Tanzania v Burundi B AFRAHA 4.00 PM
Thur 5th Dec 17 Rwanda v Eritrea C AFRAHA 2.00 PM
18 Uganda v Sudan C AFRAHA 4.00 PM
Fri 6th  Dec REST DAY
Sat  7th Dec 19 C1  v  B2 MOMBASA TBC
20 A1  v  Best Q2 MOMBASA
Sun 8th   Dec 21 B1  v  Best Q1 MOMBASA
22 A2   v  C2 MOMBASA
Mon 9th Dec REST DAY
Tue 10th Dec SEMI FINALS
23 Winner 19 v Winner 20 KISUMU TBC
24 Winner 21 v  Winner 22 KISUMU TBC
Wed 11th Dec REST DAY
Thur 12th Dec 25 Loser 23 v Loser 24 NYAYO 2.00 PM
Thur 12th Dec 25 FINALS WIN 23 v WIN 24 NYAYO 4.00 PM