Posted: June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

The stage is set for the clash between Kenya and Malawi in what could be an explosive world cup qualifier match. If history is anything to go by, then the two sides have got a score to settle. In all their previous meetings, Malawi have managed to win 15 games against Kenya’s six with 13 games ending with a draw. Malawi who have managed to record wins in their last three encounters with Kenya seem to be the clear favourites to get results, but football being football, anything can happen.
The game will be played at Moi International Sports Centre providing the much needed home advantage to Kenya whose team is composed of new talent. Kenya have so far kept 100% home record in the 2016 world cup and 2013 African cup of Nations qualifiers, beating Seychelles 4-1 and Togo 2-1 respectively. Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi will be banking on the home support as well as sticking to his game plan which he has so far held close to his chest. Kenya will also receive a boost in the form of former captain Dennis Oliech, who ended his international exile only three days ago.
Malawi is also a formidable team, full of talent. It is no wonder their head coach managed to leave behind four key players including the skipper Peter Mponda and top scorer Chiukepo Msowoya, Elvis Kafoteka and Fischer Kondowe while keeping faith with youngsters. The Malawi team actually has ten foreign based professionals as well as up and coming local based players. Kimanzi will surely be up for a huge test, considering the talent gap and the statistics that favour Malawi. The positive though is that even if Kenya have fewer talent compared to Malawi, they sure have better players in key positions, like the forward and midfield positions which may change or influence the results of the game.
Probable players to be in action may include Paul Were who might partner Dennis Oliech in the forward position; Patrick Oboya might play the supporting role. A midfield of Victor Wanyama and Patrick Osiako should also be expected, both playing key roles. Pascal Ochieng will also be expected to lead the defence in front of goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng. Malawi will probably field an experienced team with the following stand out players in various positions. Defender James Sangala, midfielder and Captain Joseph Kamwendo and forwards Jimmy Zakazaka and Robin Ngalande. I predict a very close call with Kenya emerging tops and defying the statistics 2-1 win for Kenya.
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