SALAOU, Spain, May 14 – Benjamin Njenga and Mengistu Lual found the target as the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom All-Star boys team came from behind to edge out home team Sant Gabriel 2-1 in their second friendly match hosted under floodlights in Barcelona on Monday night.
The result injected a massive boost of confidence for the boys especially after losing their first friendly match 5-3 to Reus last Friday.
However, their girls counterparts were not lucky as they went down 2-0 to a tactical Sant Gabriele in the late kick off played at the same venue.
Chapa Dimba Boys team bounced back to beat Sant Gabriele 2-1 and pick their first win in SpainThe boys and girls All Star teams had gone through a two hour light training session in the morning of the match day with their La Liga coaches taking them through ball passing, agility and off the ball movements before heading to their hotel for a six hour rest.
Before the game, Enock Wanyama had told Capital Sport that they were geared p to collect their first win especially after watching Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 in a La Liga match at the iconic Camp Nou Stadium.
And indeed they did not disappoint as they displayed an improved performance compared to their opening friendly where he blamed the loss for not having gelled as a team.
The team put to practice in the game what they were taught in training by possessing the ball, building from the back to see them dominate the midfield.
However, a lapse in concentration cost they after a long range shot that was punched away by the custodian was miscued by his defender to hand Sant Gabriele a gift, with their striker effortlessly tapping the ball home for the opener.
Returning for the last half, the boys were not deterred by the freezing weather and looking re-energised, before equalizing and taking the lead through Lual’s effort.
The two teams of 17 boys and 15 girls will have a rest day on Tuesday before resuming their sessions on Wednesday.
-Alex Isaboke is reporting from Barcelona, Spain-