Emerging Stars kicked off their COSAFA Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory over defending champions Zambia on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Kenya set a high tempo from the start, and their efforts paid off in the 8th minute when Patrick Otieno drew a foul in the box. Austine Odhiambo confidently stepped up and converted the penalty, giving Kenya an early lead.

Shortly thereafter Kenya doubled their lead, this time Patrick Otieno finding the back of the net, thanks to a precise assist from Benson Omalla.

In the other group B match, Zimbabwe secured a 1-0 victory over Comoros. This result places Kenya at the top of Group B with 3 points, followed by Zimbabwe.

Emerging Stars now look forward to their second match against Comoros scheduled to be played on Sunday, June 30, 2024 at Wolfson Stadium from 1 pm EAT.

Starting XI

23. Byrne Omondi, 15. Amos Wanjala, 2. Sylvester Owino, 5. Alphonce Omija, 3. Geoffrey Onyango, 20. Chrispine Erambo, 17. John Ochieng 10. Austine Odhiambo, 16. Ronney Onyango, 14. Patrick Otieno, 22. Benson Omalla


1.Dolph Owino, 18. Ibrahim Wanzala, 4.Paul Ochuoga, 6. Jeremy Bisau, 11.Aldrine Kibet, 12.William Gitamu, 21.Alfred Tanui, 7.Hassan Beja, 8.Stanley Wilson, 9.Moses Shumah, 19.Kayci Odhiambo, 13. Elly Owande


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