Kenya sailed to the second round of the Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier following an 8-1 aggregate victory over Mauritius.
A Piston Mutamba opener, delicious free kick by Ovella Ochieng and a James Mazembe’s third from the corner kick handed the Emerging Stars a massive win even though the real battle is yet to come.
Kenya had beaten Mauritius 5-0 in the opening leg in Nairobi, but Francis Kimanzi charges completed the job on Sunday with a 3-01 win at the Anjalay Stadium in Belle Vue, Mauritius.
They will now take on the winner between Sudan and Seychelles in the next round where a victory will earn them a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mutamba gave Kenya the lead five minutes before the break, but Ovella doubled the victors’ lead from a dead ball after his free-kick sneaked past the wall into the far post.
Mazembe who was also on the scoresheet in the first leg, same as Ovella and Mutama, rounded the job with a third goal from a corner kick situation. Mauritius scored a consolation late in the match via freekick but it was a matter of too little too late for the Island nation.
A third round, which determines who graces the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt, is also in line. The tourney will act as a qualifier to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Kenya starting XI: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Mainge Yusuf, David Owino, Mike Kibwage, Joseph Okumu (C), Tobias Otieno, Ovella Ochieng, Ibrahim Shambi, Pistone Mutamba, Ahmed Abdallah, Owiti Jafari
Mauritius starting XI: Pierre Luc Figaro (GK), Pascal Mel Ferre, Neelesh Gukoola, Emmanuel Vincent Jean, James Clevio Sophie, Jean Joenovan Charlot, Jean Anderson Langue, Louis Fernando Jackson, Jean Jacques Patate, David Igory, Mohammad Bilaal Mustafa