Kenya Emerging Stars in celebrations (Credit: CECAFA Media)

2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup:

  • Group C: South Sudan 0-2 Kenya
  • Group A: Tanzania 1-0 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Kenya U-23 team (Emerging Stars) progressed to the CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup after a 2-0 group C victory over South Sudan at the Bahir Dar International stadium on Wednesday.

Tournament top scorer Paul Reagan Otieno (now with three goals) gave Kenya the lead on 51 minutes.

Super substitute Benson Ochieng Oluoch, who had replaced an injured Otieno made it two with 11 minutes to play.

Kenya made it 6 points and became the first country to book a slot in the semi-finals having earlier defeated  Djibouti 3-0.

On Saturday at 1 PM, South Sudan takes on Djibouti with hopes of recording a win to have chances as the second best to the semi-finals.

Uganda Kobs take on Tanzania on the same day at 4 PM

Kenya’s head coach Stanley Okumbi was delighted for the victory that he tagged as a perfect revenge.

“I am happy we get a revenge over South Sudan who beat us in a play-off game in the U-20 tournament last year. It was also good the boys played tight and did not concede any goal” Okumbi noted as quoted by the CECAFA media.

Meanwhile, Tanzania overcame guests Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during a group A contest 1-0.

Reliant llusajo Mwakasagule netted the priceless goal that takes Tanzania top of group A.

Tanzania now only needs a draw off Uganda to book a semi-final slot. A loss or draw for Uganda Kobs will spell doom for CECAFA’s most successful country.

This year, the challenge cup was agreed to be played by U-23 sides of the respective participants with a provision of fielding three overaged players.

Rwanda, Sudan, Zanzibar and Somalia did not participate citing different reasons.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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