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Bajaber and Shajani score braces as Star Field continue fine run

27/06/21 Nairobi, Kenya

Mohammed Bajaber and Unaiz Shajani netted braces with debutant Hussein Mohammed Hassan and Rawlings Wafula also on target as Star Field elite football team trounced Acakoro Academy 6-2 in an entertaining friendly contest played at Nairobi Gymkhana on Sunday afternoon.

It was Acakoro that started the match brightly against Star Field. During the initial exchanges Acakoro side looked full of vigour and came out at full pelt. They moved the ball quickly and created a few half chances during the opening period.

The match seemed to play out according to script, but Acakoro’s high-tempo soon fizzled out and Star Field who had held firm eventually drew first blood 14 minutes into the match as the inform Shajani connected with an Alvin Muriungi pass for a 1-0 lead.

The home side started to gain a foothold of the game when two minutes later man of the match Timon Tenambergen found Murungi with a neat diagonal pass. The lanky winger then exchanged passes with Shajani before the latter sent an inviting cross that was powered home by Bajaber for a 2-0 lead.

Star Field continually targeted the left side, particularly the gaps that Murungi who worked tirelessly continued to find and one resulted in a corner that Murungi squared to Bajaber who laid it on for Shajani to complete his brace and send the home side three up after only 18 minutes.

 At the half hour mark, Chris Comba went inches over with a well taken free kick that sailed past the crossbar. Feisal Rajab then rode a couple of challenges to tee up the dangerous Shajani whose powerful shot was deflected for a corner.

Six minutes later, Wafula sent a cross-field pass that was well controlled by Shajani whose resultant strike hit the bottom of the left upright and went agonizingly wide with the opposition keeper well beaten.

In the 43rd minute, a lapse in defense allowed Acakoro to pull a goal back - a just reward on the balance of play within the first half.

Barely seven minutes after the break Bajaber restored the three-goal advantage after some fine work by Shajani who drew the keeper out leaving Bajaber to shoot at an empty net.

Ten minutes from time, Clyde Kush held the ball well before releasing Wafula who checked his run on the right flank and instead sent a thunderous strike to the roof of the net to make it 5-1 from 20 yards out.

Acakoro earned a penalty with a minute of normal time remaining which they coolly slotted for a 5-2 score line, only for debutant Hassan to enjoy a scoring debut in the 90th minute when he latched onto a long ball and made no mistake from 12 yards out.

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