Kenya U23 1-5 Uganda U23: Cranes edge closer to All Africa Games qualification

The Kobs now have one foot in the All African Games finals ahead of the return match in a fortnight and the Kenya boss is not optimistic of a comeback in the second leg

Uganda U23 team, the Kobs hammered Kenya 5-1 in an All Africa Games qualifier played at Nyayo National Stadium yesterday.

The match had been scheduled for Sunday, but was postponed after heavy rains pounded Nairobi before kick off forcing the match to be staged yesterday at lunch time.

Kobs striker Hamis Kiiza notched a brace, with the opener coming in the 30th minute. But minutes later Kenya equalised through Moses Alita, but Uganda restored parity on the 55th minute after Kenyan defender Hamphrey Ochieng diverted Habib Kavuma’s corner into his own goal.

From there on, the Kobs went on the rampage. Mike Mutyaba was fouled in the box and he picked himself up to convert the spot kick for the third goal in the 60 minute. Minutes later, Emmanuel Okwi scored the fourth before Kiiza returned to finish off the rout.

The result left Kenya coach Leonard Saleh speechless, but nevertheless he afforded some excuses.

"I'm not a miracle worker. There was no way we were to have a short cut to this. We only had four days to assemble the team and it really played against us," Saleh told Daily Nation.

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