The Kenya junior men’s team kick-started their CECAFA U18 campaign as they trashed misery Sudan 5-0 in Kisumu. The home side took an early lead when Louis Ingavi opened the scoring in style.

Left-back Collins Ochieng received the ball out wide and floated in a good cross on his left foot which Ingavi connected with well through a diving header to break the after seven minutes.

Kenya would soon have a moment of scare when goalkeeper Ibrahim Wanzala fumbled with a high ball which fell to a Sudanese attacker but he fired just wide to save the custodian’s blushes.

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Salim Babu expressed his satisfaction with the opening win, emphasizing the motivational impact on the team. “It is good to win the opening match because it motivates the team, but our target remains to try and win the Cup,” he said after the match.

With three points from the victory, the Junior Stars claimed the top spot in Pool A. Rwanda also secured three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Somalia, placing them second in the pool. Both Somalia and Sudan find themselves without points.