Kariobangi Sharks put themselves in prime position for a place in the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup after a resounding 6-1 win over Djibouti side Arta Solar7 FC.
Sharks took only two minutes to make their intentions clear when Duke Abuya put them in the front foot.
Sydney Lokale would then poke in Sharks’ second from close range, before debutant Nixon Omondi forced an own goal from the guests only two minutes later.
Arta Solar would show resilience thereafter in search for an equalizer but its Sharks who yet again got on the scoresheet with the fourth in the 40th minute when Patilah Omotto powered in a powerful header from a Duke Abuya delivery.
The hosts would, however, pull one back through Komenan Konani from the penalty spot at the stroke of halftime to see the match end 4-1 at the breather.
Upon resumption, Sharks kept up the pressure, pinning Arta in their own half for the better part of the second half.
A goal apiece by George Abege and substitute Fidel Origa would add the icing on the cake for a 6-1 final score.
Sharks will hope to finish off the job on December 5, 2018, when they travel to Djibouti for the second leg.
Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI
16. Gad Mathews, 2. Tom Teka, 6, Geofrey Shiveka, 4. Michael Bodo, 3. Nickson Omondi, 8. Patillah Omotto, 10. Duke Abuya, 9. George Abege, 21. James Mazembe, 7. Harrison Mwendwa, 19. Sidney Lokale
30. Brian Bwire, 11. Fidel Origa, 23. Moses Mwangi, 24. Henry Juma, 15. John Kuol, 15. John Otieno, 12. Vincent Wasambo
Arta Solar7 Starting XI
13. Adillahi Idris, 5. Fahmi Moussa Mahamoud, 12. Siad Isman, 2. Mohamed Omar Arab, 17. Idrissou Owona Ismael, 14. Olad Moustapha Houssein, 8. Ayuk Forchap, 15. Lassina Diarra, 23. Radwan Wahib Mahamoud, 21. Moktar Hared, 9. Komenan Konani
7. Hamze Koba Dabar, 18. Abdallah Mohamed Dahir, 22. Liban Aden Kaireh, 16. Mahad Abdi Ibrahim 24. Haykal Ali, 25. Said Mohamed Hassan, 6. Aboubakar Houssein