Kenya are through to the semifinals of the inaugural Copa Coca Cola Africa Cup of Nations U16 Tournament after overcoming neighbors Uganda 1-0 in their quarter final clash staged at the Nakuru High School on Thursday 13 December.
In the tight clash, Kenya was the better side, restricting Uganda to defending a lot and attacking more on the counter, a tactic that saw them force the game to end in a scoreless draw in the first half.
Uganda's tactic however backfired in the 49th minute when Jacob Onyango slotted his fifth goal of the tournament after beating his marker before slotting past George Oluka.
Speaking on the match, Kenya's coach Peter Mayoyo said he knew what to expect from the Ugandans and revealed that his tactics worked well.
“We had prepared well for them and I think our tactics worked. They are a physical side and we came in to make them tired in the first half then score in the second half and it all worked as we had planned,” Mayoyo said.
The win will see Kenya take on Zambia in the semis after the latter overcame Tanzania with the same margin in another early Thursday game. Zambia had Nickson Ngambi to thank as his 31st minute strike proved the difference in a game that had both sides waste numerous chances.
With the win, Kenya will now meet Zambia in the semis with Nigeria who beat South Africa 2-1 in the other quarterfinals coming up against Botswana who eliminated Mozambique.