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Kenya 3-1 Sudan: Rising Stars outclass visitors in CECAFA U-20 warm-up

Last updated 2 months ago | By Robert Abong'o

Kenya U-20 players line-up against Sudan U-20 during their International Friendly match at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on November 02, 2020. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

Kenya men’s Under-20 football team today beat neighbours Sudan Under-20 3-1 in a friendly match staged at the Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi.

The visitors took the lead early via Nogh Hussein before Selassie Otieno leveled matters moments after the half-hour mark.

Kenya U-20 Sellasie Otieno celebrates scoring against Sudan U-20 during their International Friendly match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 02, 2020. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

Coach Stanley Okumbi’s words during the break seemed to inspire Rising Stars to a second-half fightback as they soon took the lead through a strike from Ronald Reagan at the hour mark.

Matthew Mwenwa sealed the game for Kenya three minutes from time.

Kenya U-20 Mathew Mwendwa (L) celebrates with teammate Sellasie Otieno after scoring against Sudan U-20 during their International Friendly match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 02, 2020. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

Kenya have pooled in Group C in the upcoming Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) U20 Championships to be played between November 22, and December 6, 2020, in Tanzania.

The U20 team has been pooled alongside neighbours Ethiopia and Sudan.

Group A is comprised of hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, and Djibouti, while Group B has Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, and Uganda.

The top teams in each of the three groups will proceed to the tournament’s semi-finals, alongside one best runner-up.

Rising Stars lost in the final of last years’ edition in Uganda and will be looking to better that performance go one further.

Kenya U-20 head coach Stanley Okumbi during their International Friendly match against Sudan U-20 at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on November 02, 2020. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

Group A: Tanzania (Host), Rwanda, Somalia

Group B: Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda

Group C: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

RISING STARS SQUAD

Goalkeepers; 

Maxwell Mulili (AFC Leopards)

Bixente Otieno (Wazito)

Elvis Ochieng (City Stars)

Defenders: 

Wardfine Akhatsika (Chebuyusi High School)

Steiner Musasia (Talanta)

Rolland Ashimoto (Kakamega High School)

Omar Somobwana (AFC Leopards)

Nicholas Omondi (Gor Mahia)

Lewis Bandi (AFC Leopards)

Kelvin Mose (Uweza)

Keith Imbali (Gor Mahia Youth)

Joseph Levin (Naivas)

Fredrick Alushula (Kariobangi Sharks)

Frank Odhiambo (Gor Mahia)

Boniface Mwangemi (Kariobangi Sharks)

Alphonse Omija (Gor Mahia)

Midfielders: 

Timothy Ouma (Nairobi City Stars)

Telvin Maina (Kisumu All-Stars), Arnold Onyango (USA).

Ronald Reagan (Kariobangi Sharks)

Mwakio Kisaka (Riruta United)

Ian Simiyu (Nzoia Sugar)

Hamid Mohammed (Bandari)

Enoch Wanyama (Ligi Ndogo)

Danson Kiprono (Zoo)

Austine Odhiambo (AFC Leopards)

Alphonse Washe (Bandari)

Forwards: 

Unaiz Shajani (Starfield Elite FC)

Stephen Otieno (Bongonaya)

Sellasie Otieno (Nzoia Sugar)

Kappen Samuel (Liberty)

Henry Meja (Tusker)

Benson Omala (Gor Mahia)

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