Kenya’s Harambee Stars ensured progress to the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals as Group A winners after beating Tanzania 1-0 in Machakos on Monday.
Kenya finished the group stage matches with eight points, one ahead of Zanzibar who will play defending champions and Group B winners Uganda Cranes in the second semi on Friday and will pay Group B’s second placed side Burundi in Machakos on Thursday.
AFC Leopards forward Vincent Ouma repaid the faith shown in him by head coach Paul Put handing him his first ever start for the national team as he tapped home a 20th minute goal to hand Stars the win.
Put made changes to his forward line for his fourth match in charge of the team, handing Oburu a starting role as the team’s lead strikers supported on either wing by George Odhiambo and Ovella Ochieng.
Earlier in the day, Zanzibar lost to Libya 1-0 but are second group A. Uganda topped Group B on five points similar to Burundi but the former have a superior goal difference.
Kenya plays Burundi and Uganda versus Zanzibar in the last four on Thursday and Friday respectively at Moi Stadium in Kisumu County.