Kenya’s youthful Harambee Stars started the title defence in the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after by Tanzania with a solitary goal at the Lugogo stadium in Kampala,Uganda.
Bandari FC’s Hassan Abdallah scored the match winner barely after four minutes when he volleyed home Kenneth Miguna’s through pass.
Stars’ Coach Francis Kimanzi brought in Whyvonee Isuza and Clifton Miheso in the second half to add more punch upfront. Miheso could have added the second goal later in the second half when he came face to face with Tanzania Keeper Aisha Manula but he blasted over the bar.
Kimanzi boys will return to face Sudan at the same venue on Tuesday from 4pm. Harambee Stars, who won the 2017 edition on home soil, now ascend to the top of Group B with three points ahead of Zanzibar and Sudan who played out a 1-1 draw also on Sunday.
Kenya lined-up: 18. Samuel Odhiambo (GK), 2. Samuel Olwande, 16. David Owino, 5. Johnstone Omurwa, 4. Joash Onyango, 8. Lawrence Juma, 15. Kevin Kimani, 14. Anthony Wambani, 10.Kenneth Muguna, 9. Oscar Wamalwa, 20. Hassan Abdallah
Subs: 1. Timothy Odhiambo (GK), 6. Andrew Juma, 19. Daniel Sakari,12.Roy Okal, 7. Musa Masika, 3. Cliffton Miheso, 17. Moses Mudavadi, 13. Whyvone Isuza, 11. Timothy Otieno
The tournament kicked off on Saturday December 7,in Uganda with the hosts Uganda Cranes pulling a slim 2-1 win over Burundi at the Lugongo Stadium in Kampala to climb to the summit in Group A.
Djibouti and Somalia drew 0-0 in the other game played on Saturday at the same venue.
Uganda got their goals through Proline’s Bright Anukani and Viper SC’s Fahad Bayo while Cedric Rusarenga grabbing Burundi’s consolation from the spot in the 60th minute.
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