Festus Onyango and Constant Wakhura ensured Kenya beat Nigeria 2-1 in an African Cup of Nations hockey championships match yesterday in Ismailia, Egypt. Following their poor start to the competition where they conceded a massive seven goals, the team adjusted its approach in this match.
Although they had fight from a goal back in the 39th minute quarter, two late penalty flicks did the magic for Team Kenya. Nigeria came into the match as big underdogs and paraded a fairly junior squad.
However, their resilience was impressive as they kept Meshack Senge’s men at bay. In the 39th minute, a miscued ball from the midfield found the quick footed Bello Muiz who escaped a pair of Kenyans and tee John Michael for a crisp opener.
This prompted a wave of attacks from Kenya with Allan Agesa and Willis Okeyo pressing hard at the opponents end. A rare mistake from the defence of Nigeria saw an onrushing Richard Birir fouled just outside the box for a penalty.
The resultant placement by Kennedy Munialo set of an open Festus Onyango in the 43rd minute for a deserving equaliser. Though Kenya missed a couple of chances later on, they were later to get rewarded in the 56th minute via a sumptuous Wakhura delivery to settle the nerves promptly.