U17 AFCON Qualifiers: Kenya kicks off campaign with a win over South Sudan

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National U17 team midfielder Keith Imbali in action in a past buildup friendly match against Posta Rangers at Camp Toyoyo

Kenya kicked off her quest for a place in the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations with a 4-0 win over South Sudan in their first match of the CECAFA Region Qualifying Tournament played on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi, Tanzania.

Keith Imbali opened the scores in the 12th minute to give Kenya a deserved 1-0 halftime lead, having dominated proceedings in the early exchanges. Influential forward Mathew Mwendwa would double Kenya’s advantage in the 61st minute after outpacing his South Sudan marker on the left flank. Telvin Maina scored the third from close range in the 76th minute to further dent South Sudan’s hopes of a comeback before Nicholas Omondi made the points safer with a fourth goal from the spot in stoppage time after Richdonald Bolo was infringed in the box.

Up next for Kenya in Group B, which also has Uganda and Ethiopia, is a match against Djibouti on Friday, August 17, 2018, at the Azam Sports Complex.

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Starting XI

Bixente Lazarazu (GK), Arnold Onyango (C), Alphonce Omija, Tony Odhiambo, Telvin Maina, Nicholas Omondi, Keith Imbali, Saidi Musa (Felix Chabaya), Mathew Mwendwa, Richdonald Bolo, Ezekiel Mogendi (Oscar Kamori)

Substitutes

Brian Olang’o (GK), Francis Kayugi

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