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Qualifiers - Group A: Jordan, Kuwait impress

Zarqa City: Hosts Jordan and Kuwait cruised to winning starts in their AFC U-16 Championship 2020 qualifying campaigns on Saturday.

Jordan scored a resounding 7-0 win over Nepal while two early first half goals saw Kuwait defeating Sri Lanka 2-0 at the Prince Mohammad International Stadium in Zarqa City.

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Nepal 0-7 Jordan

Three goals in five minutes virtually sealed Jordan an early victory as midfielder Ahmad Ayman Abdallah opened the scoring in the 16th minute.

Their lead was doubled by Ali Ahmad Hajabi three minutes later and Nepal were rocked again just seconds later as Abdel Qader Alalem further widened Jordan's advantage.

Nepal regrouped and held Jordan at bay for the next 22 minutes but poor defending saw them concede another two goals just before the half-time break.

Mohammad Khaled Obeidat found the back of the net in the 42nd minute and before Nepal could recover, Alalem (pictured above) scored his second of the match in the 43rd minute.

Alalem completed his hat-trick two minutes into the restart and Saraj Muneer Alma'aitah put the icing on an emphatic win with Jordan's seventh goal in the 80th minute.

Nepal will have a chance to bounce back when they play Kuwait on Monday while Jordan are next in action on Wednesday, when they play Sri Lanka.

Kuwait 2-0 Sri Lanka

Two first half goals secured Kuwait a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka as the West Asians began their bid to qualify for the 2020 Finals.

Kuwait were quickly off the blocks and their early initiative paid off as midfielder Sayed Yousef Ebrahimi gave them the lead in the ninth minute.

Boosted by the early goal, Kuwait maintained their high pressing game and doubled their lead in the 15th minute with forward Thamer Alsulili finding the back of the net.

Content with the lead, Kuwait took their foot off the pedal but Sri Lanka, despite their best efforts, could not find a way past as the West Asians took the points.

Up next for Kuwait are Nepal on Monday while Sri Lanka will face Tajikistan.

Photos: Jordan Football Association

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