Goals from Julius Woobay and Umaru Bangura, helped Sierra Leone get the all-important winning start to their Group F campaign as they beat Kenya 2-1.
Julius Wobay gave the home side the lead in the 22nd minute of play as his shot went past the Kenyan goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, thanks to Kei Kamara whose break away on the left setup the cross for Wobay.
The visitors had a chance to draw level just minutes after the goal from a Victor Wanyama glanced shot after a Johanna freekick but the ball went off the crossbar.
In the 56th minute, Leone Stars came close to double their lead through Alhassan Kamara but he slipped while pulling the trigger from a cross from the right with the ball going wide.
Again in the 63rd minute, Alfred Sankoh slipped a shot on the upright from a Hassan Sesay cross but the Leone Stars second of the evening came in the 70th minute from the penalty spot after Kei Kamara was brought down by Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.
The Sierra Leone skipper Umaru Bangura roofed the ball past Oluoch for his seventh goal for Sierra Leone.
Harambee Stars did show some bit of fighting spirit with 15 minutes left on the clock, thanks to a superb free-kick by Michael Olunga. Kenya’s next assignment will be in March 2018 when they host Ghana in Nairobi while Sierra Leone will travel to Ethiopia.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.