CAIRO, June 23 (Reuters) - Riyad Mahrez led Algeria to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kenya as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations finals campaign with a competent display in their Group C match on Sunday.
Captain Mahrez netted the second goal just before halftime after striker Baghdad Bounedjah had opened the scoring with a 34th minute penalty.
Midfielder Dennis Odhiambo gave away the spot kick with an errant tackle on Youcef Atal, who made a run down the right wing before cutting inside and forcing the Kenyan into a clumsy attempt to stop him.
Mahrez netted the second nine minutes later as he ghosted unmarked into the penalty area to lash in a pass pulled back from the byline. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge)