Kenyans were left in a cheerful mood after an expected victory of Harambee Stars against East Africa neighbours, Tanzania in an enthralling African Cup of Nation second group stage match at 30 June Stadium.
Many had lost hope after the 2-0 humiliating defeat by Algeria in their opener where Harambee Stars were utterly subdued, ending with not a single shot on target. The defense was equally not strong and the North African team took advantage and broke it most of the time.
For that reason, Kenyans were skeptical whether their national team would beat Tanzania. However, Harambee Stars came to the match with more determination and with a lot of strength as they equalised twice before scoring their winning goal in the 80th minute, thanks to striker Michael Olunga.
And after the final whistle on Friday morning, Kenya broke into celebration after Harambee Stars’ hard-earned 3-2 victory over Emmanuel Amunike’s boys. It began by various leaders sending their congratulatory messages to the stars.
What a splendid performance #HarambeeStars coupled with great composure coming from behind twice to deservedly win the game. Bravo! Kenyans are firmly rooting for you. All the best as you continue striving to qualify for the #AFCON2019 round of 16. Hongera pic.twitter.com/gOJ3FyBogJ
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) June 27, 2019
Congrats Harambee Stars. I am so proud to be Kenyan.
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) June 27, 2019
Congratulations Harambee Stars for the win against Tanzania. Keep going for glory! Keep flying out flag high. pic.twitter.com/0KmjYnhMDc
— James Orengo (@orengo_james) June 27, 2019
Dare believe Kenya. Congrats boys. Let's do this !
— Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) June 27, 2019
Fans were not left behind as they stormed social media to heap praise on their national team for the great showpiece, which many didn’t believe could happen.
Yesterday I hugged complete strangers in jubilation as we celebrated every goal by #HarambeeStars . Without sport, I ain't hugging none of y'all nasty selves 😂😂😂
— Lav (@AsegoLav) June 28, 2019
— Randol (@Randol49166708) June 28, 2019
It was a great thing to beat Tanzania last night. Now, how about we cut our loses. Senegal is on another level.#HarambeeStars
— dariusz KE (@alekidariusz) June 28, 2019
Congrats guys, you’ve made us proud….. THANK YOU HARAMBEE STARS!!! On to the next one.
Harambee stars with the same number of points as Senegal and same GD. We beat Senegal in our next game and seeing qualify. Just like that. Go Kenya.
Kenya will now wait for their last group stage match against Senegal on 1 July to know whether they will qualify for the next stage.