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Kenya’s U20 head coach Stanley Okumbi is optimistic ahead of the semi-finals of the Cecafa championship against Uganda on Monday.

The Rising Stars meet Uganda’s hippos in the first semi-final of one day. Okumbi believes his charges are well prepared for the encounter at Black Rhino Academy in Arusha, Tanzania.

« We have a chance to make history, » the former Harambee Stars head coach told the Football Kenya Federation website.

“The guys are well prepared and motivated. It’s like a derby, we’ll do our best to get the most out of the game.

Festone Omoto and Benson Omalla scored the goals in Kenya’s semi-finals against Sudan on Jan.. November sealed.

The goal was Omalla’s second goal in the tournament, having made it onto the scoreboard in the opening game against Ethiopia, where he also received two assists.

The Rising Stars emerged victorious from Group B and were unbeaten. Uganda is likely to offer them the toughest challenge yet in the knockout phase.

« First of all, I would like to help the team win the competition and also qualify for the U20 African Nations Cup, » said Omalla when he revealed his expectations for the tournament in an earlier interview.

“After all, I want to do my best for the team and score at least seven goals for the team. « 

South Sudan also qualified for the semi-finals and will face host and reigning champions Tanzania in the second semi-final.

William Kundu, Phillip Biajo and Khamis Atari and Japhet Ntunzwenimana’s own goal gave South Sudan a 4-0 win against Burundi to secure their place in the last four as the best runner-up.

The win was the biggest the Junior Bright Stars had in the competition after frustrating Uganda in the opening game that ended in a 0-0.

South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda will compete for the two positions that guarantee the nations the available places in the U20 African Nations Cup 2022, which will take place in Mauritania.

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