With the celebratory dances they had after the referee’s final whistle, Guinea Bissau have vowed to push on and in the quest to make their dream a reality.
“We now believe that we actually can (go all the way to AFCON). It is not easy but beating Kenya, a very tough team home and away gives us some sense of belief. We will now focus on the two remaining matches and give it the best we can,” goalkeeper Jonas Mendes told CAFOnline after the match.
Sanchez Semedo scored in the 83rd minute, tapping home at the far post from a corner with the Kenyan players protesting the ball did not cross the line.
Trouble started just after the goal, a section of the fans pelting projectiles into the pitch forcing centre referee Norman Matemera to halt the game. After a 30-minute stoppage which saw police use tear gas to disperse the rowdy crowd, the game continued with the visitors holding on to the lead.
Kenya only have themselves to blame after missing several open chances in the opening half and several others in the second, in a game they needed nothing except victory.
Paul Were who started after missing the first leg on Wednesday was a thorn for the visitors’ backline in the opening exchanges with his runs on either wing causing all sorts of problem. He almost forced the Bissau-Guineans into an own goal in the 23rd minute with a low cross, but luckily, the ball fell graciously into the keeper’s arms.
Anthony Akumu also had an effort from a distance which went wide after picking up a rebound from a blocked Clifton Miheso cross. Michael Olunga had a shot with his weaker right foot fly just wide while skipper Victor Wanyama also tried his luck from range, but the visitors goalie was up to task.
At the start of the second half, Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi threw caution through the window, pulling out right back James Situma for centre forward Jesse Were. Four minutes after the restart, Olunga had perhaps the best chance of the game with a gaping goalmouth after Miheso had lifted the ball over the keeper, but the Swedish based striker watched agonizingly as the ball trickled wide.
On the other end, the host were almost caught out after Dennis Odhiambo’s attempted defensive header fell to Semedo, but Brian Mandela was well placed to block the latter as he prepared to pull the trigger. Piquetti Jassi also came close for the visitors with a stinging shot from 20 yards out that flew inches wide of Origi’s goal.
With the game resuming for six minutes after the trouble, the West Africans just defended in numbers to keep their advantage.
“We are disappointed with the result. I don’t even know what to say. Our chances are gone,” a disappointed Wanyama remarked after the game.