Kenya Under 17 hammered South Sudan with a resounding 4-0 victory courtesy of goals from Keith Imbali, Mathew Mwendwa, Telvin Irungu and Nicholas Ochieng’ in a match staged at the Chamazi Sports Complex in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday 14 August.
Kenya had some intent from the onset, dictating play and enjoying large spells of possession. It took only 12 minutes for Michael Amenga’s charges to open the scoring though Keith Imbali who displayed a sense of calm to brilliantly bring down Mathew Mwendwa’s cross to fire Kenya into the lead. Kenya continued to enjoy the lion’s share in possession put squandered a flurry of chances. In the 41st minute Donald missed a guilt edge chance, scuffing his effort in a one on one after being played through by Nicholas Ochieng’.
Mathew Mwenda almost came up with a goal of his own after firing in a thunderbolt from the left flank that struck the cross bar. Kenya went into the break leading 1-0.
In the 55th minute Amenga turned on the bench as he brought in Oscar Muya to replace Ezekiel Nyakundi who was struggling to threaten the South Sudan defense line. Mwendwa who was a constant threat, got a goal of his own at the stroke of the hour mark as he polished off a lung bursting run with a nonchalant chip over the keeper.
Kenya continued to press their foot on the gas and put the game beyond South Sudan in the 76th minute when Donaldo Bolo capitalized on Sudan’s failure to clear the ball to set up Telvin Irungu who tapped in from close range. Kenya wasn’t about to quench it’s goal thirst as Nicholas Ochieng wrapped by the goal rout. The winner of the tournament gets a direct ticket to the Under 17 African Cup of Nations that is slated for 2019.
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