Kenya’s U20 national side, the Rising Stars, thumped Zanzibar to begin the 2019 CECAFA U20 championship on a high on Sunday in Jinja, Uganda.
Kariobangi Sharks forward Sydney Lokale starred in the game – scoring four times with Austin Odhiambo completing the convincing win with the fifth.
Lokale put the Rising Stars in the lead from the spot in the 32nd before doubling the lead six minutes later for a 2-0 half time lead.
Lokale continued to torment the Islanders in the second half, grabbing a hat-trick in the 71st minute and his fourth in the 81st minute.
AFC Leopards’ forward Austin Odhiambo completed the rout in the 83rd minute, soon after coming on.
Zanzibar played the batter part of the game with ten players following a red card.
Kenya consequently tops Group B with three points and a superior five-goal difference. Tanzania is second with three points, following their 4-0 win over Ethiopia earlier in the day at the same venue.
Up next for the Rising Stars is a blockbuster against Tanzania on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the FUFA Technical Center, starting 4 pm.
The top three teams from Group A and B will join the top two from Group C in the quarterfinals.
Brian Bwire (GK), Alvin Ochieng, Bonface Mwangemi, Tom Teka, John Otieno, Fidel Origa, Joshua Nyatini, Patrick Otieno, John Njuguna, Musa Masika, Sydney Lokale
Bixente Otieno (GK), Brian Wepo, Alphonce Otieno, Peter Oudu, Chris Owino, Ronald Shichenje, Steve Otieno, Austine Otieno, Benson Omala