Anthony Akumu featured for the entire 90 minutes as his Al Khartoum side opened its 2015 CECAFA Kagama Cup campaign with a resounding 5 – 0 win over Djibouti’s Telecom FC in a Group A clash staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Monday 20 July.
The Sudanese side, replacing El Merreikh in the tournament were the clear favorites heading to the game and gave their Djibouti counterparts no room from the start as Ousmalia Baba raced in only to lose his footing before he could pull the trigger, giving the keeper Jeff Nzokira time to clear.
Freddy Eninga raced forward on 12 minutes but when with time and space to sting the Sudanese side, the Burundian striker shot high and wide and eight minutes later they were made to regret as skipper Salah Osman opened the scores from a rebound after his penalty was punched by Nzokira.
Alkadir Osman should have doubled the scores for the Sudanese side after getting a free header in the box but he hit the post and from the ensuing counter attack, Telecom skipper Elmi Said Hassan picked the ball at the center line, and beat the advancing Al Khartoum keeper though his speculative shot went inches wide.
They were punished once again on the 35th minute as Mohamed Kader’s flailing arm blocked Osman Bilal’s shot in the box, the defender earning himself a yellow card and the Sudanese a penalty that the skipper himself stepped up to take and sent Nzokira the wrong way.
Four minutes later Nzokira pulled a big save to stop the marauding Ousmalia Baba after an Al Khartoum counter attack, seeing the sides head to the break with the Sudanese leading 2 – 0.
At the start of the second half Akumu came off worse from a tackle by Mohamed Moustafa but managed to walk back in after some check up and on the 67th minute the hard working Baba got his reward with a goal after meeting Ali Alkhidr’s pass from a corner but a minute later he was stretchered off injured.
Al Khartoum still had room for two more goals in the final ten minutes, first through Wagdi Awad Abdalla who was set through by Domenic Abul to net the fourth goal before a swift counter attack saw the skipper pick out Murwan Salih who with just one touch beat Nzokira for the fifth goal.
The win sees Al Khartoum go top of Group A at least until Gor Mahia and KMKM face off in the second match of the day.