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What Harambee Stars need to qualify for round of 16

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The national football team Harambee Stars bolstered its chances of reaching the knockout rounds with a 3-2 win over neighbors in a spectacular contest on Thursday night.

Michael Olunga’s blistering brace, that included the 80th-minute winner ensured Kenya chalked up only their second-ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Simon Msuva and Mbwana Samatta put Tanzania in front but Olunga and Johanna Omolo leveled for the Harambee Stars before Olunga struck the winner nine minutes from time.

Tanzania, yet to get off the mark, became the first team to be eliminated in the 24-team tournament.

Kenya, who had won only once in 15 previous matches in the competition, have three points from two games in Group C, level with Senegal.

Coach Sebastien Migne’s team is currently the best-ranked team among those that could reach the last 16 as ‘best losers’ and could nail that spot with a positive result against Senegal.

On a special night in Kenyan football, President Uhuru Kenyatta led the country in hailing Stars for a monumental effort to pull in pulling off victory after twice coming from behind to beat Tanzania.

In a statement from the official Statehouse Twitter account President Uhuru said:

Stars lost their opening match against Algeria on Sunday 2-0 and they will be facing Senegal on 1st July in the last match of the group.

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