Kenya juniors quest to visit the All Africa games from the 3-18 September, 2011 in Maputo already look dim after the team fell 4-1 to their Eritrean counterparts in Eritrea on Sunday April 17,
The results from the first leg, first round tie from the game played in Asmara makes the return leg a tall order as the hosts need a comprehensive win – at least 3-0 in the return leg in a fortnight.
The team representing Kenya was fully drawn from the National Youth Talent Academy and coached by Bob Oyugi who was assisted by Edward desh Karanja. The team failed to get a boost of eight Kenyan Premier League players whom, as kenyanfootie.com was informed, were not released by their clubs due to crucial Premier league ties.
The aggregate winner between Kenya and Eritrea – from Zone V, will proceed to the next round to meet the aggregate winner between neighbors Tanzania and Uganda.
The winner from that next stage will then join another six zones qualifiers and hosts Mozambique in the 10th All Africa Games.
Eritrea’s Red Sea Camels Beat Kenya 4 – 1
April 17, 2011 (ASMARA) – Eritrea and Kenya national teams Under 23 played in the All Africa Games qualifier held in Asmara, Eritrea this Sunday.
From early onset, the game was dominated by the towering and athletic Eritrean team. They held the Kenyan squad to just one goal, while punishing Kenyan goal keeper, Faruk Shikhilo, with 4 goals to victory.
The game was originally supposed to be played on Friday, but due to direct flight constraints from Nariobi to Asmara, the Kenyan Players arrived late into Saturday. The visiting athletes will stay the reminder of the week in Asmara and play friendly, non-qualifier games till their flight departs next Saturday.
Eritrea’s Red Sea Camels Under 23 have become a dominant team in East Africa and are among the few favorites to do well in this tournament. Depending on the outcome of a few games, the next team the Red Sea Camels face is either Tanzania or Uganda.