Monday, March 16, 2009

Harambee Stars

There were no Kenya Premier league matches this weekend as the national football team Harambee Stars were playing Iran, in Tehran.
AFC Leopards provided one player, Sebastian Muchera, in the tourists party.

To watch video of goal...

To watch match highlights click here

Here is the full match report.

به گزارش خبرگزاري ورزشي ايسنا، تيم ملي فوتبال ايران عصر روز شنبه در يك بازي تداركاتي مقابل تيم ملي كنيا قرار گرفت و با نتيجه يك بر صفر پيروز شد. تنها گل ايران در دقيقه 55 از روي نقطه پنالتي توسط حسين كاظمي به ثمر رسيد.

اين بازي در حضور حدود 10 هزار تماشاگر در ورزشگاه آزادي با قضاوت جهانبازي انجام شد. در اين ديدار تيم ملي ايران بازي نه چندان جالبي را مقابل تيم كنيا كه 10 بازيكن لژيونر خود را با خود به ايران نياورده بود ارائه داد.

خستگي در ساق‌هاي برخي بازيكنان تيم ايران كه در چهار تيم باشگاهي نماينده‌ي ايران در ليگ قهرمانان آسيا حضور داشتند كاملا مشهود بود و البته ديگر بازيكنان ملي‌پوش تيم ايران نيز انگيزه چنداني براي ارائه يك بازي جدي و روبه جلو نداشتند.

فوتبال عرضي و دادن پاس‌هاي مكرر در عرض زمين و رساندن توپ به كناره‌ها و سانتر از جناحين از برنامه‌هاي عمده تيم ايران در اين مسابقه بود.

در مقابل تيم كنيا هم انگيزه چنداني براي پيروزي از خود در اين مسابقه نشان نداد و بعضا موقعيت‌هايي را بر روي دروازه تيم ايران ايجاد كرد كه ثمري براي اين تيم نداشت و بازي با همان يك گل به پايان رسيد.

OK... sorry!!!

The Iranians started showing their attack
straight from the photo op...

Kenyans wore yellow in tribute to recently fired coach Kimanzi.

Iran managed to defeat Kenya 1-0 in a friendly match in Tehran's Azadi stadium Saturday afternoon. Hossein Kazemi scored the goal of the day from the penalty spot.

Both teams had to do without their foreign contingent, Belgium based Victor Mugabe being the only exception. Ali Daei also avoided to use any player who's club is involed in AFC Champions League action next week for more than 45 minutes.

The Team Melli boss went for a 4-1-3-2 formation with Rahmati in goal, the meanwhile usual fourback, Maziar Zare as lone defensive midfieder and Sattar Zare, debutant Ahmad Jamshidian and Mohammad Reza Khalatbari behind the strikers Gholamreza Rezaei and Jalal Rafkhaei in first half.

In an open first half Iran were the dominant side, but the first chance fell for the technically gifted and physically strong Kenyans, but Germinal Beerschot's Mugabe, after getting past Iran's skipper, Hossein Kaebi, hammered the ball over the bar (12').

Iran then had three opportunities to break the deadlock, the first when Kenya's goalkeeper Ayuko misjudged a Hassan Ashajari cross and Rezaei got to the ball, but was hindered from scoring the open net by the last defender (17').

Five minutes later, Khalatbari's excellent long pass put Rezaei one on one with Ayuko, but the Saba Battery striker's lob was slightly too high and landed on top of the net.

Another two minutes later Iran wasted an excellent scoring chance when Rezaei's throughball found Jamshidian very close to the goal, but the Sepahan offensive man's finishing touch was, like his overall display, unconvincing, as his effort scraped past the long post where also Rafkhaei narrowly slided past the ball.

In minute 29, Owino easily got rid of Ashjari on Iran's left defensive side and unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the area, but Rahmati was equal to the effort.

Second half began with four changes to Ali Daei's side, one of them almost immediately paying off when Hossein Kazemi got the ball right at the penalty spot after a corner kick, but his shot got blocked and went wide (46').

Just a minute later a counter attack could have brought Kenya in front, but Muchera didn't get his shot on target.

Finally Iran broke the deadlock when a penalty was awarded for Iran after Rafkhaei had found himself one on one with the keeper following a great throughball from substitute striker Siavash Akbarpour. Rafkhaei had dribbled past Ayuko but was clearly fouled. Kazemi converted the absolutely justified spot kick perfectly after 55 minutes.

Iran controlled the proceedings in the minutes after the goal and Kenya, despite the deficit, barely took any risks to go for an equalizer. Apart from a few shots from far outside the area, Rahmati in Iran's goal had a calm afternoon.

Rafkhaei should have added his name to the scoresheet in the 78th minute, but the Malavan Anzali striker headed the ball inches wide from close range after an excellent Sattar Zare cross from the right wing.

Iran again came close to doubling the lead when Ayuko failed to hold on to a well struck shot from Sattar Zare, but Akbarpour came moments too late to convert the rebound (84').

Akbarpour got another chance shortly later when Majid Gholamnejad, in an unusual central offensive midfield role in second half, sent a good pass to the Esteghlal Tehran striker, but the latter had to see his shot fly past the near post.

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