Kenya’s Harambee Stars on Tuesday dispatched Liberia’s Lone Stars 1-0 in a FIFA international friendly at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium.
Paul Were’s second half strike was the difference as Harambee Stars went eight successive matches without a loss.
Were who plies his trade for second-division side Archanaikos of Greece found the back of the net in the 53rd minute amid protests from Liberian players who claimed Were had scored from an offside position.
Centre referee Andrew Juma let the goal stand as Stars built on from their replica Saturday win over Mozambique at the same venue.
The win spurred buoyant reactions from Kenyans on social media who are not used to seeing the national team win let alone go on an 8 match unbeaten run.
We have sampled the reactions:
Wakubwa hii ni harambee Stars inacheza safi hivi?
— Chief Bogo (@mbogomelvin) November 15, 2016
I hope the Harambee Stars Win is Not a scandal
— odera Wycliffe (@OderaWycliffe) November 15, 2016
Sisi kama Harambee Stars tunataka Real Madrid sasa
— UNASHAMED™ (@mannumuya) November 15, 2016
“Harambee Stars”.Stanley Okumbi and the technical bench must have a 100% salary increment.Good job team Stars.
— AFRICAN CHILD (@Djshawnieboy) November 15, 2016
Harambee Stars going 8 matches unbeaten
Liverpool top of the table
Trump is president elect
WTF is this?
— Gathechaaaaa! (@allangathecha) November 15, 2016
#Harambee stars 8 games unbeaten in a row. Cant remember the last tym we lost. Brazil come on!
— Opiyo Maurice (@OpiyoMaurice8) November 15, 2016
When it’s been so long that you don’t even know how to celebrate Harambee Stars’ win.. pic.twitter.com/FZ9MoN0zXn
— Ninja Samurai (忍者) (@verbstract) November 15, 2016
Harambee stars won and now Eric Omondi cheats, and you want to tell me its not a plot by the govt to distract us from the KES 5B Scandal?
— The Commissionaire (@EutycusMathenge) November 14, 2016
a Harambee Stars fan heard shouting ‘Tunataka Germany’??
— Kenyan F⚽otball (@KenyaPremierLg) November 15, 2016
As Harambee Stars we’re requesting a friendly against Germany, we need to stop imagining Paul were scoring 5 goals past Manuel Neuer
— فارح || Farah (@Farah_254) November 15, 2016
Paul Were and Harambee Stars are proving that good leadership is mandatory for progress,the FKF President and the Coach plus the boys kudos!
— The King♔ (@tony_muyah) November 15, 2016
Harambee stars unbeat in eight matches… si warudie AFCON qualifiers tutwange watu #HarambeeStars
— #TuflixXity (@clizzy254) November 15, 2016
I’m confident that if Harambee stars continue this way,we will qualify for the AFCON n probably WorldCup s/o Paul Were
— Dhanesh carr mundia (@DhaneshCarr) November 15, 2016
Paul Were scored a superb goal for Harambee Stars, what a team! #HarambeeStars
— Atanas (@atanasi_) November 15, 2016
Harambee stars playing the wrong way. This isn’t normal ???
— Skywalker™ (@nyangitony) November 15, 2016
Harambee Stars has won two consecutive matches. pic.twitter.com/KNl3MtOL3P
— Sword Of The Morning (@nyikuri_) November 15, 2016
Sisi kama Harambee Stars tunataka Friendly na Chelsea…
8 games unbeaten including 4 cleansheets. ????
— VALE™ (@ValentineVale1) November 15, 2016
Harambee stars really winning Friendlies
— Kyd Kannabis Wajame (@Nattykym) November 15, 2016
Harambee Stars can only win friendlies but not serious competitions through jokers like Paul Were.
— Douglas Omurwa (@DougOmurwa) November 15, 2016
Why are guys surprised that Paul Were is this good? Clearly you never watched him in the KPL before he left for Greece! #HotbedOfTalent ?
— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) November 15, 2016
Paul Were just pulled a Giroud.miss 10 score an offside.don’t argue if u were not at the stadium..meanwhile CONGRATULATIONS #HarambeeStars♥♥
— mbugua kihara (@mbugua_is_me) November 15, 2016
— Jackson wambugu (@jacksonwambugu1) November 15, 2016
— Limo (@Limo_alan) November 15, 2016