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Kenya stun Japan with 21-point victory

16 October 2016

Thailand moved up to second place in Group B after Japan was defeated by Kenya in a crucial fixture here at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad. A win against the African side would have easily boosted Japan’s morale to face Thailand in their next decider. But a sound Kenyan team sealed an impressive victory with an all-round performance to stun their opponents. 

For Kenya, defender James Odhiambo Obilo created a new record for the most tackle points in a single match: 13. Obilo’s phenomenal stint inspired the Kenyan defence tremendously as the Japanese were silenced whilst raiding. The match also happened to be the one with the most tackle points collectively in a single game. For Japan, only Kazuhiro Takano managed to put up a show with six points which, unfortunately, did not prove to be of much help as their opposition tackled most of their raids. 

The game started with both teams going at each other, winning points in response to the opponent’s successful raids and tackles. But the game-changing moment came much later in the second half when Kenya inflicted their first all-out on Japan with the score reading 31-18.

Kenya soon changed gears and initiated successful raids and tackles to advance their lead making it unassailable. Odhiambo Ogak Haggai, too, deservedly picked up a High 5 and Japan were all-out once again for the second time. By then, it was all over for Japan and the damage was done.

It will be a do-or-die match for Japan when they meet Thailand on October 19 in a bid to make the semi-finals. Kenya has a very slim chance of making the playoffs, so it will be interesting to watch who ultimately rounds up the top four.

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