Rwanda’s U-17 national football team has reached the semifinals of the ongoing U-17 CECAFA zonal Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers despite losing their last group A game that finished with a 0-4 humiliation against hosts Tanzania.
Rwanda was assured of a place in the last four of the CECAFA U-17 zonal qualifiers after getting maximum points in their first two games, in which they beat South Sudan 3-0 and Burundi whom they defeated 4-3.
In their third and last group A match staged at Tanzania’s National Stadium, the Junior Whasps suffered a 4-0 defeat to Tanzania who are hosts of CAF U-17 AFCON qualifiers for the CECAFA zone.
Tanzania’s goals were scored by Kelvin John who opened the scores in the 22nd minute to give his side a 1-0 half time lead.
In the 68th minute, Rwanda reduced to ten players after a second yellow card handed to Eric Niyonsenga.
The hosts who dominated the game got their double through Agiri Ngoda who nettted the goal in the 76th minute.
Kelvin John who was dangerous against Rwanda in today’s game scored the third goal for his nation, which was his brace in 83th minute, seven minutes before he netted his third goal of the game to bag a hat trick for him and the fourth for his team in the 90th minute.
Despite the loss, Rwanda, with Tanzania, are in the semi-final round.
Their opponents will be known after tomorrow’s Group B matches.
The qualifiers of the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations were modified early this year, with each of the six zones playing at their backyard to produce the winners that will contest for the cup, to be held in Tanzania next year.
Tanzania has a direct ticket to the tournament by virtue of being the host nation.