Kenya’s COPA under-15 team played to an entertaining 0-0 draw against Uganda as the COPA U-15 international camp tournament began at the High Performance Center in Pretoria, South Africa.
After losing their first match 6-1 to an older Zimbabwe side, Coach Edwin Atanasi’s boys were determined to make things right against their East African rivals.
The two teams took a cautious approach to the game and were content with spraying passes in the midfield. The first half ended with the only attempt of the game coming from Kenya’s Hilton Isutsa who’s free-kick from outside the area rattled the crossbar.
Uganda began the second interval with more intent and thought they had taken the lead only for the referee to rule they had kicked goalkeeper Patrick Ochieng.
The young Kenyan lads asserted their authority with Musa Masika and Ian Samuel proving dangerous. The crossbar would come to Uganda’s rescue again this time Zadock Ombewa the unlucky one. With two minutes before full time, Kenya carved out yet another chance but Ibrahim Ochieng saw his tame effort easily collected by Uganda keeper Tumusiime Alosysius before the referee blew for full time.
In their first mach, Kenya began their campaign on a wrong footing going down 6-1 to an older Zimbabwe side. In what looked like a David vs Goliath affair owing to Zimbabwe’s towering players who dwarfed the entire Kenyan team, the brave Harambee Warriors found themselves chasing the game at 2-0 with only five minutes on the clock. Zim scored two more goals before half time and added two more on the second half before Masika scored Kenya’s consolation with a beautifully curled in effort from 30 yards.
Kenya also lost their last two matches going down 3-0 to Kazakhstan and 2-1 to Algeria.
In other matches Tanzania lost 2-0 to Zambia in their first match before bouncing back with a same scoreline win against Dream Team. Zimbabwe won their second match 3-1 against Kazakhstan who also lost 1-0 to Algeria. Egypt had Taher Hesham to thank for their 1-0 win over Dream Team.