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Kenya U-18 romps into CECAFA semis

Harambee stars under 18 have silenced Rwanda 1-0 to romp in style into the ongoing Council of East and Central Africa Football Federation (CECAFA) tournament.

Aldrine Kibet scored the solitary goal in the 36th minute in a duel played at the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium-Mamboleo on Tuesday in Kisumu City.

The Spain-based Kibet tucked into the Rwandese net with a low, thunderous strike after a neat pass from dependable midfielder Tyron Kariuki, which brought joyous celebrations from the ecstatic and adoring fans.

The second half was full of missed scoring chances from both sides. The Junior Stars will play their final Group A match against Somalia, who were thrashed by Rwanda 1-0 in their first match.

In their opening match, Kenya humbled Sudan 5-0, and they now lead Group A with six points.

The youngsters’ coach, Salim Babu, showered praise on his boys for maintaining fine form in the match and following the instructions to win the match.

“Our neighbours in Rwanda played much better than their first match against the Somalis. But I am happy that we are now in the semis and the focus is now on our next match,’’ Babu said.

The CECAFA tournament, which is being co-hosted by Kisumu and Kakamega counties, began on Saturday, November 25, and is scheduled to end on December 10.

By Rolex Omondi

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