Amavubi suffer a second successive defeat in CECAFA 2017

Muha J. M.

It is a state of dismay and bitter recrimination after Rwanda suffered a second successive defeat in the CECAFA Senior Challenge game played at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos.

Rwanda, Amavubi Stars lost 3-1 to Zanzibar Heroes in the tournament that pits Head Coach Antoine Hey and his men at the bottom of Group A with no single point.

The Heroes were in lead when Yahaya Mudathir put them ahead with a vivid goal in the 35th minute before the break.

Hakizimana Muhadjiri levelled the matters two minutes after the break.

Zanzibar’s brilliance on the pitch soon paid dividends; with Issa Mohamed restoring the lead in the 54th from Feisal Salums’ cross.

The Wasps were later left puzzled when substitute Kassim Khamis who came after six minutes sealed the victory for the Heroes when he netted the third in the 86th minute to earn his side the first victory in this year’s edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Tournament.

Losing two games in such a tournament is nothing less than “the Apocalypse”, one of the fans wrote as fans poured their despair on social media networks after watching the game on Television back at home.

Elsewhere in Kakamega County, Ethiopia kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 win over South Sudan at Bukhungu Stadium to go top of Group B.

Abed Yalew opened the scored for the four-time champions as early as the 24th minute; Yalew netted a brace five minutes into break before Abubakher Sani sealed the victory 7 minutes later to emboss their supremacy over the Bright Stars of South Sudan.

Libya held hosts Haraambe Stars to a barren goalless draw in the second Group A encounter played that afternoon.

Kenya tops Group A on four points followed by Zanzibar, Libya, Tanzania and Rwanda in that order.

While Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex tops Group B with three points from one match and will now battle against Burundi on Thursday.


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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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