FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier: Harambee Stars player ratings after disappointing draw against Burundi


FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier: Harambee Stars player ratings after disappointing draw against Burundi

Festus Chuma 20:30 - 07.06.2024

Kenya and Burundi drew 1-1 in a crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, with both teams showing mixed performances.

A last minute defensive mishap cost Kenya dearly resulting in a 1-1 draw against Burundi in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier match at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi on Friday afternoon.

Despite leading for a significant portion of the game, a late error saw the Harambee Stars forced to share points, leaving both teams neck and neck in Group F.

Here is how the individual players fared in this tense encounter.

Patrick Matasi-4/10

Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi displayed mixed performances between the posts.

While he showed commendable command within the six-yard box, his efforts were tarnished by a goal that slipped through and another strike that rattled the post.

Matasi’s inconsistency in crucial moments continues to be a talking point.

Rooney Onyango- 6/10

Rooney Onyango had a shaky start as his initial deliveries lacked threat.

However, as the match progressed, he found his rhythm.

Onyango’s improvement was noticeable with better crosses and a solid defensive play against Burundi’s Abed Bigirimana, showing that he can rise to the occasion despite a sluggish beginning.

Daniel Anyembe-4/10

Daniel Anyembe, the former Denmark U21 international, had a night to forget.

Despite attempting to contribute offensively by creating overloads and making overlapping runs, his significant defensive error in the 85th minute allowed Burundi to equalize.

Anyembe’s challenge now is to learn from this setback and improve his defensive reliability.

Johnstone Omurwa- 6/10

Johnstone Omurwa’s performance was average, with no particular highs or lows.

His defensive work was adequate, but lacked the impact needed to make a standout contribution.

Omurwa will need to enhance his presence and assertiveness in future matches.

Aboud Omar- 4/10

Aboud Omar struggled to impose himself in the game, with limited effectiveness in both defensive and offensive capacities.

His performance was below expectations and contributed to the defensive vulnerabilities that were evident throughout the match.

Anthony Akumu-5/10

Midfielder Anthony Akumu provided a steady presence in the midfield.

His ability to maintain possession and make insightful passes helped stabilize Kenya's midfield.

However, the need for more creative breakthroughs from his position remains critical.

Richard Odada-5/10

Richard Odada played a crucial role in midfield, demonstrating good control and distribution.

His performance was solid, helping to link the defense with the attack, though more decisive actions in the final third would enhance his impact.

Timothy Ouma: 5/10

Timothy Ouma put in a commendable shift, contributing both defensively and offensively.

His versatility was on display as he managed to balance his duties well, proving to be a reliable player for the team.

Clifton Miheso: 5/10

Clifton Miheso showed glimpses of potential but failed to maintain consistency and was substituted in the second stanza.

His execution and final decision-making need sharpening to increase his effectiveness on the wing.

Kenneth Muguna: 4/10

Kenneth Muguna was actively involved in the midfield, showing glimpses of brilliance with his ball-handling and playmaking skills.

However, the lack of a final product in critical moments slightly marred his otherwise solid performance.

Michael Olunga: 6/10

Star striker Michael Olunga was closely monitored throughout the match, limiting his opportunities to make a significant impact.

While he worked hard to create chances, the tight marking by Burundi’s defense kept him from being as lethal as usual.


Austin Odhiambo (6/10) inadvertently set up the play that led to Kenya's only goal.  

Duke Abuya (7/10) brought energy off the bench and scored the goal that nearly secured a win for Kenya.  

Chris Erambo and Benson Omala both came on too late to significantly alter the game's outcome.

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