Kenya’s Harambee Stars picked their first victory in the Africa Cup of Nations after condemning Tanzania to a second loss in a five-goal thriller.
Both teams measured up in the opening exchanges but the Tanzanians were the first to break through in the 6th minute.
Highly rated Genk FC striker Mbwana Samatta picked a pass on his left lane and paced through top the box before firing a powerful low drive.
The Kenyan keeper Patrick Matasi did well to block it but the ball fell on Simon Msuva’s path who easily tapped in.
Kenya nearly pulled back minutes later when Eric Ouma curled in a corner which Francis Kahata headed but hit the post.
Michael Olunga rose high to head back the rebounder but again denied by the woodwork.
Olunga finally got the breakthrough and his first goal of the tournament with five minutes remaining in the first half. The striker connected with a nonstop overhead bicycle kick from a floating ball that the Tanzanians failed to clear away. The goal was later voted best of the day.
Tanzania responded inside 90 seconds through their captain Samatta. The striker, again, on his right lane weaved his way through the Kenyan defence, wrapped up even the keeper to fire in from a very tight angle and inside a forest of red shirts.
Johanna Omollo headed Kenya’s second shortly after the hour mark before Olunga squeezed a stinging shot to the near angle in the 78th.
The win leaves Kenya in third place with three points as Tanzania face exit with none. Kenya meet Senegal in their last group game as the Taifa Stars prepare for Algeria, who has already qualified to the next