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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2007, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Angola extend lead in Group 6
Kenya's Dennis Oliech (white shirt)
Dennis Oliech almost gave Kenya a first-minute lead

Angola maintained their perfect record in Group Six of the 2008 Nations Cup qualifiers when thumping Eritrea 6-1 win in Luanda on Sunday.

Flavio Amado da Silva scored twice at the Cidadela Stadium for the Palancas Negras, whose nine points are five more than the second-placed Eritreans.

Pedro Mantorras, Ze Kalanga, Antonio Mendonca and Paulo Figueiredo also scored for last year's World Cup finalists, who have scored 11 goals in three qualifiers.

Da Silva scored the first goal in the 26th minute, prodding home from a corner, and nine minutes later Mantorras converted a penalty following an Eritrean handball.

Ze Kalanga added a third four minutes before the break, firing home with a powerful volley, before Mendonca scored the fourth early in the second half.

Eritrea were on the way to their first defeat but Tenese Gay did at least put them on the scoresheet after 58 minutes.

Shortly after, Da Silva added another before Figueiredo finished the scoring in the 80th minute.

Earlier on Sunday, Kenya beat Swaziland 2-0 in Nairobi to register their first victory in the group.

The victory comes just 16 days after the Kenyans' ban from international football was lifted by Fifa.

Goals from McDonald Maringa and Ibrahim Shikanda gave coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee a victory in his first game back in charge of the Harambee Stars.

The win gives Kenya three points in the group while Swaziland, who have failed to score a goal in their three games, remain bottom.

Yet Wonder Nhleko came the closest to scoring for the Sihlangu after 34 minutes when his well-taken free-kick from outside the box struck the post.

In front of 30,000 fans at the Nyayo Stadium, Kenya started brightly as forward Dennis Oliech hit the post from 20 yards out.

The Harambee Stars eventually broke through in the 51st minute when Maringa fired home a low strike after Swazi goalkeeper Njabuliso Simelani spilled a cross.

Fifteen minutes from time, substitute Ibrahim Shikanda found the back of the net from close range as he pounced on momentary confusion in the Swazi defence.

2008 Nations Cup Group 6
25 Mar 07 |  African


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