NAIROBI, Kenya, November 30- Harambee Stars got their CECAFA Senior Challenge campaign back on track with a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia at Dar-es-Salaam Stadium on Wednesday.
Debut first half goals from Bob Mugalia and Victor Ochieng helped Francis Kimanzi’s side to erase the disappointment of losing by a similar margin to Malawi in their opener on Monday in a match played under pelting rain.
Mugalia, the Congolese born naturalised Kenyan opened the scoring when he raced to a though ball to tuck the ball away in the 11th minute to cap a bright start for the Stars.
Kimanzi employed a more attacking formation with Ochieng coming to partner Mugalia up front as Mulinge Ndeto was drafted into the left to replace James Situma who was rustic against The Flames.
Humphrey Mieno was also brought into the midfield as Dennis Odhiambo dropped to the bench with keeper, Duncan Ochieng keeping his place in goal despite the blooper that handed Malawi their second goal via a penalty.
Ochieng, the Chemelil Sugar revelation who netted ten times for the sugar millers after his mid season move from relegated Mahakama FC was justifying his case for inclusion in the starting line-up and his run was brought to an illegal stop on the half hour mark.
Stars were awarded a penalty and up stepped Jamal Mohammed and perhaps conscious of the wet conditions, his attempt to fire into the roof of the net ended in the ball clearing the bar and into the stands.
The reprieve for the Ethiopians was short lived as in the 44th minute, Ochieng gobbled up an incomplete clearance from a Mohammed corner to score his sides’ second with captain Pascal Ochieng making sure by bundling it in for a 2-0 half time lead.