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Cecafa 2015: Rwanda edge Kenya to book a semi final spot

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Kigali: Rwanda national football team, Amavubi sealed a place in the semi final round of the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after winning 5-3 on penalty shootouts on Tuesday at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Both teams played an enticing barren draw and with no extra time played in the competition, penalty kicks were required to determine a winner.

Rwanda’s spot kicks taken by Haruna Niyonzima, Jacques Tuyisenge, Djihad Bizimana, Isaie Songa and Celestin Ndayishimiye were all scored.

Goalkeeper Ndayishimiye Eric saved Eric Johana Omondi penalty while while Noah Abich Otieno, David Owino, Eric Omondi and Jesse scored for Kenya to ensure Rwanda won the game 5-3 on penalties.

Speaking to Ferwafa.rw on Tuesday evening, head coach Jonathan McKinstry said, “It is a great boost for the squad to win the game today. Confidence has been growing game after game, and to knock out the defending champions who could call on some of the best strikers in East Africa to play for them is a good achievement for the team,”

“Throughout the 90 minutes, I thought we played with great determination and restricted Kenya to only a few chances; whilst also creating some good opportunities ourselves. Overall I feel we deserved, because of what we put into the game, to progress into the semi finals,”

“Going into a shootout, it is always a tense situation; but we must commend our players for the focus they showed. You must also remember that of our five penalty takers, four of them were either 19 or 20 years old. So well done to them for having both the confidence and the quality to take and score their penalties,” added McKinstry.

The result will serve as sweet revenge for the Amavubi who were dumped out by Kenya at the same stage in the last edition.

Rwanda will now face off with Sudan, who also progressed following a 5-3 shootout victory against South Sudan earlier in the day. The two sides had also settled for a goalless draw during normal time. (End)


 

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