Rwanda’s national football team, Amavubi, started their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2017 campaign, with a 0-2 loss to Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars, at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, on Sunday December 03.
Kenya beat Amavubi 2 goals that all were scored in the first half of the game.
Kenya’s golas, the hosts of the 39rd edition of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), were scored by Choka Masoud Juma in the 25th minute and Otieno Duncan in the 37th minute.
Kenya’s men started their lead over Rwanda in the 25th minute when referee awarded them a penalty after Rwanda’s defender Soter Kayumba fouled Joackins Atudo in the penalty area.
The chance was converted into the goal by Choka Masoud Juma who kicked the ball that Rwanda’s goalkeeper Eric Ndayishimiye could not do anything than picking the ball from the net.
Kenya’s Harambee Stars kept their triumph over Amavubi in the 37th minute when Otieno Duncan scored a stunning goal by kicking the ball from the 34.8m yard to give Kenyans a 2-0 half time lead. He was assisted by Whyvonne Isuza who was at his best in the game.
The red card was one of the worst days for defender Soter Kayumba who is usually AS Kigali’s skipper.
The defender, who had been showed a yellow card for a fool that resulted in a penalty through which Kenya got their first goal, was handed the other yellow card just ten minutes after the second half started to be dismissed from the pitch by the referee, reducing Amavubi to ten men till the final whistle.
Rwanda’s coach Antoine made some changes by taking off Djabel Manishimwe who was replaced by Mhadjiri Hakizimana who impressed in the second half and Justin Mico who was substituted by Maxime Sekamana in the 88th minute of the game.
Rwanda almost scored a consolation goal one minute after the referee added four minutes to usual 90 minutes when Sekamana lost an open before the goal as his shot was saved by Kenya’s goalkeeper Patrick Matasi.
Rwanda Starting XI
Ndayishimiye Eric (GK), Thiery Manzi, Faustin Usengimana, Soter Kayumba, Eric Rutanga, Eric Tiradukunda, Yanick Mukunzi, Djihad Bizimana, Biramahire Abedy, Justin Mico, Manishimwe Djabel.
Nzarora Marcel (GK), Kimenyi Yves, Rugwiro Herve, Sekamana Maxime, Niyonzima Ally, Mbogo Ally, Imanishimwe Emmanuel, Hakizimana Muhadjiri, Innocent Nshutii, Oliver Niyozina , Amran Nshimiyimana, Omborenga Fitina.
Kenya’s Starting XI:
Patrick Matasi (GK)Joackins Atudo, Wesley Onguso, Musa Mohamed, Dennis Sikhayi, Duncun Otieno, Patillah Omotto, Whyvonne Isuza, George Odhiambo, Masoud Juma, Samuel Onyango.
Subs: Boniface Oluoch, Gabriel Andika, Said Tsuma, Chrispin Oduor, Wellingtone Ochieng, Vincent Oburu, Charles Momanyi, Isaak Kipyegon, Earnest Wendo, Bernard Ochieng, Kepha Aswani, Ovella Ochieng.