CECAFA U17: Kenya set to face Burundi in tournament opener

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The National U17 team poses for a team photo before a past build up friendly match at the Peponi School
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The National U17 football team is set to kick off her CECAFA U17 Championships campaign with a match against hosts and 2007 champions Burundi. The match is set to be played on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Muyinga Stadium starting 3.30 pm.

The team, which has been in camp since Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Nairobi, jetted out to Burundi on Thursday, April 12, 2018, ahead of the tourney.

FKF Deputy Technical Director Michael Amenga, who will lead the team’s technical bench, has exuded confidence in the team’s abilities ahead of the opening match.

“We are both physically and psychologically ready for the match. We have had adequate preparations for the match and I am confident we will get a positive result against Burundi,” said coach Amenga. He will be assisted by Kibera Black Stars tactician Godfrey Oduor and former Kenyan International goalkeeper Jerim Onyango.

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Kenya has been pooled in Group A alongside hosts Burundi, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Group B, meanwhile, comprises Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Zanzibar.

Next up after Burundi will be a match against Ethiopia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, before the Juniors round up Group A action against Somalia on Friday, April 20.

The top two teams from each of the two groups will gain qualification to the semifinals, set to be played on April 25, with the final set to be played on April 29, 2018.

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Full Squad

Goalkeepers

Kennedy Nduto (Sunrise Educational Centre), Maxwell Mulili (Mukumu Boys).

Defenders

Costa Anjeo (Millenium Secondary), Arnold Onyango (Laiser Hill), Telvin Maina (Laiser Hill), Michael Abongo (Utumishi Academy), Christopher Raila (St.Anthony, Kitale), Movin Omondi (Sunflower Secondary), Brian Olang’o (Kamukunji Secondary), Lawrence Otieno (Sunflower Secondary), Nesta Wangema (Anointed High School).

Midfielders

Hillary Okoth (Hidden Talent), Nicholas Omondi (Soweto Baptist), Lesley Otieno (Sunflower Secondary), Saidi Musa (Eastleigh High), Felix Chabaya (Brownhill Secondary), Mathew Mwendwa (Anointed High School).

Attackers

Patrick Ngunyi (Brookshine Secondary), Isaiah Abwal (St.Anthony, Kitale), Daniel Odhiambo (St.Anthony, Kitale)

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