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Cecafa Cup 2017: Rwanda, Libya play out to a draw

Posted on Dec 07 2017

Rwanda and Libya played out a goalless draw in a Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup Group A match played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County on Thursday.

Libya needed a win to rise to second position on the log and the draw leaves them third after Kenya who sits second on four points.

Rwanda, winless in three games, remains bottom of the five team log with a game to go against Tanzania on Saturday. Libya faces Zanzibar on Monday.

Rwanda coach Antoine Hey paraded Eric Ndayishimiye in goal guarded by Thiery Manzi and Kayumba Soter, while Justin Mico was deployed upfront to hunt for goals.

Libya had Ali Shniena in goal with Aljamal Tariq leading the backline. Mico was a constant threat to the Libyan defence and his 25th minute was blocked by Shniena, before his rebound hit the woodwork.

Libya were cautious playing defensively and breaking on the counter. Taktak Muftah, who started on the bench in the game against Kenya, had his attempt stopped by Ndayishimiye before the halftime break.

Tubal Mohammed saw his rasping shot hit the side net two minutes into the second half having left his marker for dead.

Mico had another opportunity to redeem himself in the 63rd minute, but his bicycle kick was picked by Shniena.

The last 10 minutes saw both sides go in search of the winner but to little success.

Still in Group A, Zanzibar took control of Group A with six points following their 2-1 win over Tanzania Mainland in an earlier game played in Machakos.

Zanzibar leads the standings with six points, two ahead of hosts Kenya whom they play on Saturday evening at the same venue.

In Kakamega, Burundi thrashed Ethiopia 4-1 to take control of Group B with four points. Burundi’s Swallows scored their goals through Prierre Kwizera, Cedric Urasengas, Laudit Mavugo and Shassir Nahimana.

Ethiopia’s consolation goal was scored by Dukele Dawa. Ethiopia are in the second position with three points and champions Uganda are third with one point while South Sudan are placed bottom with no point.

Action continues on Friday when defending champions Uganda takes on minnows South Sudan at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega at 3pm (2pm Kigali time).

Photo: Rwanda’s Manzi Thierry (left) vies for the ball with Libya’s Aljamal Tariq and Zakaria Alharaishi (right) during their Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup Group A preliminary match on December 7, 2017 played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Source: Nation Media Group, Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

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