Friendly Birthday boy Olunga with hat-trick as Kenya defeat Zimbabwe

Kenya striker Michael Olunga scored three goals as Harambee Stars silenced Zimbabwe 3-0 to lift the Four Nations tournament trophy at Bingu Stadium in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

It was the Warriors, who took an early lead when defender Joseph Okumu scored into his net with only five minutes played before Olunga, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, put Kenya level in the 45th minute for 1-1 result at the half-time break.

On resumption, the towering Olunga put Kenya ahead for the first time in the game in the 62nd minute before he wrapped up the emphatic victory with a clinical finish in the 86th minute. Having beaten Malawi 4-0 in the opener, Kenya were handed the trophy, the first one under Engin Firat, who was appointed in 2021.

Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya hailed the display of Kenya by saying: “Harambee Stars emerged victorious in the Four Nations Tournament held in Malawi, showcasing our country Kenya’s prowess and skill on the field.

“The team’s stellar performance in Malawi has seen the team to clinch the title, demonstrating their talent and determination in the competition.

“Congratulations Harambee Stars. I would like to also wish my son and talent Michael Olunga a happy birthday on the day that he scored a hat trick propelling Kenya to clinch the tourney title.”

Kenya starting XI; Patrick Matasi (GK), Johnstone Omurwa, Joseph Okumu, Daniel Anyembe, Vincent Mahiga, Anthony Akumu, Richard Odada, Chrispine Erambo, Rooney Onyango, Ayub Masika, Michael Olunga.

Subs; Ian Otieno (GK), Byrne Odhiambo, Amos Nondi, Shariff Musa, Alphonse Omija, Kayci Odhiambo, Kenneth Muguna, John Avire, Benson Omalla, Collins Sichenje, Geoffrey Ochieng, Jonah Ayunga.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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