Chinese Taipei vs. Kenya
|Date & Time||Friday June 8, 2018, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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Chinese Taipei and Kenya meet Friday in International Friendly soccer action at Mumbai Football Arena.
Chinese Taipei has been shutout in each of its last two matches and could use a confidence boosting showing against a decent side. Chinese Taipei is coming off a 1-0 loss to New Zealand on Tuesday and has now been held to one or less goals in four of its last seven matches overall. This is a very limited offensive club to put it nicely, and it almost always is badly outplayed when stepping up against better competition. If there is a bright side, it’s that these matches in India are providing much needed experience for a young and limited Chinese Taipei squad. Chinese Taipei has very little to hold its hat on over the last 40-plus years, so anything positive is considered an accomplishment at this point.
Kenya is also in need of a positive result after losing six of its last nine matches, which includes a recent 3-0 blowout to India. However, Kenya did managed to beat Equatorial Guinea and New Zealand before that showing, so unlike Chinese Taipei, there is much more confidence at the moment with the Harambee Stars. Kenya has shown the ability to be athletic and push the pace, and it’s a club that has scored at least once in seven of its last nine matches. When Kenya can get out in the open field, there are some strikers who can hurt the opposition, and there are currently 10 players on the current squad with at least two international goals. Kenya is a better than advertised team.
There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.
I’m not sure how anybody can pick Chinese Taipei in its current form, as this club lacks any great talent and gets crushed whenever stepping up in competition. Kenya is a prideful side that plays hard and has athletes to expose slower, less talented teams. This is a match the Harambee Stars should be able to win based on the speed advantage.
Kenya should get the victory here.