Talanta Hela U19: Stylish Vihiga, Mombasa and Makueni make boys’ quarters

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – Vihiga County showed just why they should be considered as title favourites for the Talanta Hela U19 tournament after hitting Garissa County for 10 in their second match of Pool A, while Mombasa and Makueni Counties also joined them in with back-to-back victories.

At the Jamhuri Grounds, Vihiga who had started their campaign with a thumping 5-2 victory over Homabay showed their title credentials, subjecting Garissa to a heavy 10-0 defeat, the biggest scoreline so far in the boys’ category.

The victory sees them move to six points and top of the pool, while Garissa suffered their second defeat of the tournament to remain rooted at the bottom and their hopes now hanging on the balance.

Meanwhile, Homabay rose up from their opening day defeat to Vihiga and beat Kericho 2-0 to revive their hopes of making the last eight.

Kericho face Vihiga at the Kasarani Annex on Wednesday morning and the former must win to keep their hopes alive.

Homabay meanwhile tackle Garissa in the 3pm kick off at the same venue, and a win will assure them of a last eight slot.

Pool B

Meanwhile at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nyamira came from 3-1 down to beat Baringo 4-3 and revive their quarter final hopes after losing their opening day match.

Baringo had gone 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Vincent Epiriam and Vincent Kibet in the third and 39th minutes.

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John Denis pulled one back for Nyamira a minute after the restart, but Baringo restored their two goal advantage through Gilbert Ovita just two minutes later.

However, a double from Anagra Nyamboki two minutes apart with 13 minutes left completed the comeback for Nyamira.

Meanwhile, Kisumu went top of the pool with four points after a 1-1 draw with Nyeri, who picked their first point after losing on day one.

Pool C

Action between Mombasa and Kirinyaga

In Pool C, Mombasa have also qualified for the quarter finals after picking their second consecutive win, a 1-0 victory over Kirinyaga that puts them top.

West Pokot meanwhile revived their hopes after thrashing Marsabit 6-1, the latter seeing their hopes diminish after a second successive defeat.

On Wednesday, Marsabt play Mombasa while West Pokot play Kirinyaga in what is expected to be a blockbuster battle for second place in the group. Both games are at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Pool D

Makueni County players celebrate after winning their second match of the tournament. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

In Pool D, Makueni picked their second consecutive win, beating Uasin Gishu 2-1 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, though in contentious circumstances.

Trailing 2-1, Uasin Gishu thought they had scored a late equalizer. The referee had initially whistled for a handball at the edge of the box, but then waved play on with Uasin Gishu scoring, but the ref cancelled the decision and took the ball back for the freekick.

However, the decision attracted huge protests from the Rift Valley county, refusing to take the freekick and putting the game at a standstill. Ultimately, with only added time, the referee whistled off the game.

But, Makueni would take the victory and move to six points, affirming their place in the quarters.

Elsewhere, Nakuru revived their hopes of making the quarters after edging out Kiambu by a solitary goal in a closely fought duel. Bonface Nyabuto scored the winner for Nakuru seven minutes from time.

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With just a point in two matches, Uasin Gishu face Kiambu (0) in a match they must win to progress to the last eight. Nakuru meanwhile play Makueni in a tough fixture, the boys from the flamingo city seeking a win to assure themselves of a quarters slot.

Both games will be played at Jamhuri.

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