The National U23 football team, Emerging Stars, went down 1-0 to Uzbekistan in an International friendly rematch played on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the at the Istiqlol Stadium in Uzbekistan.
Stakes were high, especially after Kenya had won the first match 2-1 against the same side on Friday, March 23, 2017.
The Emerging Stars, boosted by the inclusion of defender Bernard Ochieng in the starting team, defended resolutely until the seventh minute of added time when Uzbekistan netted the lone goal in what was the last kick of the match.
The first match between the two sides ended 2-1 in favor of Kenya. Pistone Mutamba and Chrispinus Onyango were on target for the Emerging Stars, with Andrey Sidorov netting the hosts’ consolation.
Kenya has enrolled to take part in the 2020 Olympics. The friendly matches against Uzbekistan will be the first of a series of friendlies the team will take part in, in preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers.
Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Amai Atariza, Bolton Omwenga, Mike Kibwage, Joseph Okumu ©, Bernard Ochieng, Sven Yidah, Cliff Kasuti, Ibrahim Shambi, Pistone Mutamba, Jaffar Owiti
Job Ochieng, Teddy Osok, Siraj Mohammed, Nicholas Kipkirui, Daniel Otieno, James Mazembe, Brian Yator, Henry Juma, David Owino, Ahmad Ahmed, Chrispinus Onyango