Kenya to face Uganda in Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup final
Kenya and Uganda have qualified for the final of the 2019 Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup to be played on Friday in Asmara, Eritrea.
The two teams that were unbeaten in the group stages of the tournament triumphed in the semi final matches on Wednesday.
A 10-man Kenyan team saw off Rwanda 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1, before Uganda humbled Burundi 6-0 in the second semi final tie.
Kevin Wangaya Injehu gave Kenya the lead after 46 minutes. But the Rwanda team fought back strongly to level through Sultan Bobo Sibomana on 64 minutes with a well taken long free kick.
With two minutes to full time Kenyan defender Umar Yasin Rajab was sent off for a second bookable offence. In the penalty shoot-outs Kenya’s goalkeeper Alvin Odari Lwangu saved two penalties, while his team netted four.
In the second semi final clash Uganda showed good scoring to take their tally to 19 in the tournament without conceding.
Devis Ogwal opened the scoring after 8 minutes before Abasi Kyeyune made it 2-0 after a minute. Before half time Travis Mutyaba and skipper Vincent Mulema also got their names on the score sheet to make it 4-0 at the interval.
In the second half Jean Darcy Irakoze missed the target by inches for Burundi after 50 minutes. But substitue Godfrey Ssekibengo made it 5-0 for Uganda before Mutyaba got his second of the day with an assist by Shafiq Magogo.
Coach Magera said his boys followed instructions well and have continued to impress. “We are determined to win the title,” added the Ugandan coach.
The tournament financed by FIFA attracted 10 teams; Eritrea, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.