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Kenya destroy Mozambique to storm Copa Africa quarters

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By LOKEDER NATIOM
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Defending champions Kenya Monday clawed their way back to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 Africa Cup at M-Pesa Foundation Academy in Thika.

The team recorded mixed results, losing its opening match 3-1 to Zimbabwe before winning the second 3-0 against Mozambique in the preliminaries.

Kenya has reached the quarter-finals alongside Pool A team Zimbabwe who beat the hosts 3-1 and Mozambique 4-2 at the same venue.

In Tuesday’s quarter-final matches, Group A winners Zimbabwe will play Group C runners-up Namibia while Group B winners Zambia will play Group D runners-up Angola.

Group C winners Uganda face Group B runners up Tanzania.

Group D winners Botswana face Group A runners-up Kenya.

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South Africa who were in Pool B have been eliminated while Ethiopia, who were scheduled to play in Pool C pulled out of the 10-team event. Burkina Faso who had been placed in Pool D pulled out of the age-group tournament.

In the opener, Zimbabwe’s Luke Musikiri helped himself to a hat-trick against Kenya in the 30th, 51st and 58th minutes respectively as Mwinyi Nasssoro scored the consolation for Kenya in the 35th minute. A majority of Kenyan players are drawn from Coast-based Serani High School.

In their second match against Mozambique, Kenya redeemed themselves with a 3-0 thrashing of the visitors to earn a spot in Tuesday’s quarters. Fredrick Onyango scored for Kenya in the 2nd, 17th and 22nd minutes respectively.





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