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Thailand shock Kenya as Dangda scores winning goal

Teerasil Dangda

Lowly Thailand stunned Kenya 1-0 in a friendly on Sunday at Thunderdome Stadium in Bangkok.

It was a big follow-up in an exhibition match for the War Elephants after earlier swamping Myanmar 3-1.

The Harambee Stars, meanwhile, absorbed their second loss in three days, after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Iraq at the Basra Stadium.

Attacker Teerasil Dangda scored in the 63rdth minute to hand the hosts the victory.

Dangda got enough space and fired past goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch to the top centre of the net.

Kenya’s big chance came late on in the tie but they were thwarted.

Michael Olunga’s attempt was foiled by Thailand goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan from a well-taken shot.

Dangda’s decisive goal proved enough to slap Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi his second consecutive loss and fourth winless match on their Asian tour.

It was Kenya’s second meeting with Thailand in history, after their first meeting last January 20, 1990 during the King’s Cup in Thailand where Kenya lost 2-1.

At No. 137, Thailand are ranked 49 places below Kenya in the FIFA world rankings.

Surely, Thailand would savour the victory with gusto even though it was just an exhibition match.