The Junior Wasps of Rwanda suffered a defeat to Kenya on Wednesday in the inaugural Cecafa under15 Challenge Cup semi-final played in Asmara, Eritrea.
Ten-man Kenya beat a sprinted Rwanda side 4-2 on post-match penalties to storm the final.
These two teams had tied 1-1 in regulation time with Kevin Wangaya opening the score for team Kenya in the 46th minute, as Bobo Sibomana responded with a well-taken goal just after the hour mark.
Kenya’s Umar Yasin Rajab was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 78th minute of the match.
Moments later, the match went to penalties where Eric Irahamye and Sibomana converted their penalties for the losing team-Rwanda, while Serieux Mbonyamahoro and David Niyo saw their efforts saved by Kenya goalkeeper Alvin Lwangu.
Ibrahim Mwaro, Robby Kahindi, Joseph Munala, and Wangaya successfully converted their penalties for Kenya, while skipper James Gachongo was the only player to miss his penalty.
The second game turned out to be a stroll for Uganda who walloped Burundi by 6 unanswered goals.
At the end of the semi-final fixtures, Uganda and Kenya booked their places in the final slated for Friday, August 31.
With the game against Burundi and Rwanda coming later, both Kenya and the Junior Cranes of Uganda will hope that they maintain their run in the competition on the final day this Saturday, in a game which will be graced by the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad.
The CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup, the first of its kind in Africa has been funded by FIFA.
The tournament has attracted hosts Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania.