Kenyans cheered as Harambee Stars walloped Ethiopia 3-0 in a second leg qualifier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi last week.
Now renamed the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani since 2014, this 60,000-seater multipurpose sports facility is iconic for many reasons: It hosted the 4th All Africa Games in 1987 with Harambee Stars reaching the finals in a tournament that included Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Malawi, Senegal, Madagascar and Egypt.
Kenya lost 1-0 to Egypt after Mohamed Ramadan beat an offside trap to slot the ball past David ‘Kamoga’ Ochieng in the second half of extra time.
It was also at Kasarani where Gor Mahia became the first Kenyan side to win the Africa Cup Winners Cup (Mandela Cup) — for the first and last time — after beating Esperance of Tunisia in 1987.
Gor won on away goal rule. Peter Dawo and Abbas Magongo scored for the 2-2 in Tunis with Esperance’s goals being penalty conversions from Nabil Maalou. In Nairobi, Gor forced another 1-1 draw with a Dawo header.
It was amazing: Gor was an amateur club then returning to international soccer after a two-year ban. Esperance was a professional team, boasting players like Tarak Dhiab, one-time African Footballer of the Year who played at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Yet, Esperance lost on home soil! READ MORE
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