LIMBE, Cameroon, Aug 7- Kenya’s Under-17 football team suffered an embarrassing 7-0 mauling at the hands of Cameroon in the second round of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers played on Sunday at the Stade Omnisports in Cameroon.
Skipper Fabrice Ndjio and midfielder Christian Bella struck twice as the Kenyan juniors succumbed ahead of the second leg scheduled for a fortnight in Nairobi.
Sangola Sakava opened the scores for the hosts in the 19th minute after spell of dominance before Stephane Thierry Zobo made it 2-0 almost immediately with the Kenyan lads still dazed after conceding.
The visitors managed to bounce back into the game despite conceding the quick-fire goals, but the fight to get fully back in was thwarted when Bella struck the first of his two in the 34th minute to make it 3-0.
Another lapse in concentration saw the side go down to another goal, this time Abessolo Manga finishing off in the 39th minute before Ndjio made it 5-0 before the break.
In the second half, the junior stars appeared to have come back better, but just five minutes in they were pulled back conceding a sixth goal with Ndjio completing his brace.
Bella came into the party for the seventh and his second of the evening with a 67th minute goal to seal the win for the Western Africa boys, making the trip to Nairobi just a formality with all but sealed for their passage into the second round.
Kenya had a chance to pull one back in the 90th minute but saw a penalty saved by the Cameroonian custodian.
The Kenyan junior team had less than two months of preparation, having non-existed before and speaking to Capital Sport over the weekend, FKF President Nick Mwendwa said this was just a beginning of building up the junior ranks of the national team.
“We might win, we might lose, but all the same, this is a good beginning for us. We cannot expect results now because there are other teams who have invested more than us, but this is a period of learning. Soon, we will get there,” Mwendwa said.
The team prior to leaving for Cameroon had played in the COSAFA U-17 cup where they only won one game, a 2-1 victory over Madagascar. They lost 4-0 to Zambia in their first match, before going down 5-0 to Malawi.
The disqualification of Zambia saw them progress to the semis where they lost 4-0 to South Africa before going on to lose 2-0 to Malawi in the third and fourth play-off.