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Juniors land in Kakamega

Friday, December 1st, 2023 01:30 | By
Kenya’s goal scorer Aldrine Kibet in action against Rwanda. The Junior Starlets face Somalia in their final Cecafa Under 18 group match in Kakamega. PHOTO/ FKF
Kenya U18 goal scorer Aldrine Kibet in action against Rwanda. The Junior Starlets face Somalia in their final Cecafa Under 18 group match in Kakamega. PHOTO/ FKF

Soccer fans in Kakamega will have a chance of sampling the sizzling and fine football display from the national under 18 team that has since left the fans in Kisumu mesmerised for their show in the ongoing CECAFA U18 tournament.

Junior Stars under the guidance of coach Salim Babu have already sealed a place in the semifinal of the competition and will step on the Bukhungu Stadium grass today afternoon to take on Somalia, in a final Group A game.

A high-flying Kenya thrashed Sudan 5-0 in the opening game to send a statement of intent to their competitors. The team further produced another stellar performance on match day two of the tourney as they saw off a hard fighting Rwanda 1-0 to cruise into the last four of the coveted regional tourney.

“Even if we change our squad we need to get a win against Somalia. Indeed, we have players who have not featured in our last two games and they deserve to get the minutes. However, that does not mean we will parade a weak team against Somalia, our intention is clear and that is to win the game and all the players who are selected for the game are equal to the task and understands the assignment ahead,” said Anthony Akhulia, Junior Stars assistant coach.  Kenyan duo of Luis Ingavi and Aldrine Kibet will seek to increase their goal tally as they set their sight on top scorer’s gong having two goals each thus far. Goalkeeper Ibrahim Wanzala will also focus on keeping a third clean sheet of the tournament to his name should he be selected to guard the Kenyan goalpost.

Somalia who lost 1-0 to Rwanda in the first game thrashed Sudan 3-0 on Tuesday and now need a win against Kenya with probably a good margin of goals in order to raise their chances of making it to the next round.

An enterprising Rwanda will also be fighting for a win against Sudan in another Group A encounter that will be staged at the Mambo Leo Stadium. All the three teams have a mathematical chance of qualifying to the semifinal.

Things look tight in Group B of the tournament as favorites Tanzania and Uganda find themselves in a tricky situation after match day two.

The Group is wide open with both teams including Zanzibar and South Sudan are level on three points after playing two games each.

Tanzania’s hopes of making it to the next round were dashed by South Sudan who subjected them to a 3-1 thrashing.

Uganda revived their chances after registering a 2-1 win over Zanzibar who defeated South Sudan 1-0 in their opening round.

All eyes will be on the brothers Tanzania v Zanzibar game tomorrow with all at stake.

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