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COSAFA Cup: Kenya 2 Swaziland 0

9 July 2013 18:16

Edwin Lavatsa scored twice as Kenya recorded a deserved 2-0 victory over Swaziland in the COSAFA Cup on Tuesday.

Kenya showed little sign of fatigue despite having played their tournament opener less than 24 hours before, with four fresh players in their team, and the victory puts them top of Group B with four points from two matches.

Clearly buoyed by having come from two goals down to earn a valuable draw against Lesotho on Monday, Kenya got off to a flying start at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia.

Midfielder Lavatsa struck from close range to put Adel Amrouche's charges ahead with just four minutes on the clock as Kenya signalled their intent.

Having held their advantage until the break, Amrouche decided to tighten things up for the second half and introduced defensive midfielder James Situma in place of striker Rama Salim.

They continued to offer up an attacking threat, though, and 12 minutes after the restart, Swaziland, who drew their opening game 0-0 against Botswana, were given a mountain to climb, Lavatsa rifling home from 20 yards to double his and Kenya's tally.

Swaziland goalkeeper Nhlanhla Gwebu did well to limit the scoreline with some brave late saves, but his attacking colleagues could not work any chances to get them back into the game.

The victors meet Botswana in their final group game on Thursday, while Swaziland take on Lesotho.

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