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Shajani six-for steers Star Field elite to rout of Corinthians

22/06/21 Nairobi, Kenya

Unaiz Shajani reminded his teammates what they’ve been missing when he bagged six goals as Star Field elite football team beat the visiting Corinthians 10-0 in a friendly match played at the Nairobi Gymkhana grounds on Sunday afternoon.

Shajani who had been out of action prior to the lockdown in March due to a foot injury returned in stunning fashion notching up all five opening goals inside the first 20 minutes to take the game away from the bewildered visitors. He added a sixth 10 minutes after the restart from a Matik Chuong through ball.

Earlier on, the game had begun on high tempo with combative midfielder Mohammed ‘Mudi’ Bajaber striking the woodwork in the opening minute.

Shajani was however not to be denied two minutes later as he raced forward to meet an Alvin Murungi’s angled pass to open the scoring for the home side. Eight minutes later Shajani was in position to latch onto Humphrey Kariuki’s pass to make it 2-0 before rounding the keeper and placing a low strike when fed through by Chris Comba in the 14th minute.

It soon became 4-0 in the 18th minute when the in-form Shajani received a pass from Feisal Rajab and slotted a low strike to the right side of the onrushing visitor’s goalkeeper. He completed his first half scoring exploits via a second Kariuki assist to make it 5-0 and put paid to any hopes of the visitors getting anything from this match.

Provider turned finisher Kariuki got in on the act himself to notch the sixth strike for Star Field before Bajaber curved a sharp opportunity to complete the scoring in the first half by making it 7-0 in the 37th minute after being fed through by the unrelenting Murungi.

Against the run of play Bajaber made certain of his brace when the high press yielded Star Field another opportunity to stretch the winning margin and the hard working youngster intercepted a defensive pass and made no mistake from inside the box to make it eight to the good.

Coach Paul Oloo had the luxury of rotating players to keep his squad fresh with the run-up of games to come while handing debuts to a few new players once the game was made safe after top scorer Shajani added his sixth strike of the game and the team’s ninth.

Matik Chuong replaced Murungi and made a scoring debut when he concluded the day’s rout as he tucked away an easy chance after some good work from Bajaber. He was among the new faces that also included Cornelius Muyale, Andrew Cyprian, Isaac Mumu and Vikrant Warrier.

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