‘Okumbi must go! Okumbi must go!’ were the chants that rented the Nyayo Stadium air following Harambee Stars capitulation at the hands of Guinea-Bissau on Sunday evening.
A 77th minute strike from Sanches Semedo saw Kenya lose 1-0 in front of their home fans as the Djurtus completed a remarkable home and away win over Stars.
Kenya created numerous chances especially in the first half with Paul Were, Michael Olunga and captain Victor Wanyama all coming close to scoring the opener.
However, the visitors were resolute in their defending and got their goal in perfect time, Sanches slamming home from close range following a corner.
With Kenya unable to get an equalizer, the Bissau players were left celebrating an unlikely victory that leaves them top of Group E with 7 points while Congo and Zambia are tied 2nd on 6 points. Kenya are bottom with a point with two matches remaining.
The result leaves Kenya’s quest for their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance since 2004 hanging by a thread. Stanley Okumbi has been under pressure since he was confirmed as Stars’ head coach and this loss added fire to the inferno.
Fans unanimously called for his resignation at the final whistle and he, alongside his technical bench, were heckled as they left the pitch with a couple of blows thrown and water sprinkled on them.
Only the top team in every group and the two best losers are guaranteed progress to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Kenya can only finish top if they win their remaining tow matches away to Zambia and at home to Congo and other results go their way.
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