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Djibouti stun Burundi; are on verge of making semi-finals

2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP

(Kampala, December 7-22)

Fixtures:

Friday December 13 (Lugogo Stadium)

4pm: Burundi v Somalia Gp ‘A’

1.30pm: Djibouti v Eritrea Gp ‘B’

Results:

Wed, Dec 11 (Lugogo Stadium)

Eritrea 0-2 Uganda Gp ‘A’

(Nicholas Kasozi 58’, Mustafa Kizza 80’ pen)

Burundi 1-2 Djibouti Gp ‘A’

( 11 Landry Ndikumana 14’; 9 Mahdi Houssein 11’, 71’)

Tue, Dec 10 (Lugogo Stadium):

Tanzania Mainland 1-0 Zanzibar Gp ‘B”

(Ditram Nchimbi 39′)

Sudan 1-2 Kenya Gp ‘B’

(Muhammad Namir 30′: Hassan Abdallah 65′,  Oscar Wamalwa 76’)

Mon Dec 9 (Lugogo Stadium):

Uganda 2-0 Somalia Gp ‘A’

(Allan Okello 28′,  67′)

Eritrea 1-0 Burundi Gp ‘A’

(Robel Kindane 45′)

Sun, Dec 8 (Lugogo Stadium):

Kenya 1-0 Tanzania Mainland Gp ‘B’

(20 Hassan Abdalla 5′)

Sudan 1-1 Zanzibar Gp ‘B’

(Montasir Osman 90’; Makame Hamisi Musa 55’)

Sat Dec 7 (Lugogo Stadium):

Uganda 2-1 Burundi Gp ‘A’

(Bright Anukani 8′,  Fahad Bayo 21′; Cedric  Rurasenga 60′)

Djibouti 0-0 Somalia Gp ‘A’

Group ‘A’:

  • Uganda
  • Burundi
  • Djibouti
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea

Group ‘B’:

  • Kenya (Defending champions)
  • Tanzania Mainland
  • Zanzibar
  • Sudan

*Absent: Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and (invited guests), DR Congo

MINNOWS Djibouti had an upset 2-1 win over Burundi and a battling Eritrea fell 0-2 to Uganda in Cecafa Challenge Cup matches at Lugogo Stadium, Kampala on Wednesday afternoon.

Djibouti will, therefore, fancy their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals if they can pick up a healthy victory in their last Group ‘A’ match on Friday against Eritrea.

Djibouti: Upset Burundi 2-1 to raise their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage at the Challenge Cup

Top: Uganda (red) make a stand against Eritrea at Lugogo on Wednesday. Above: Djibouti who upset Burundi 2-1 to raise their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage at the Challenge Cup

Qualified Kenya play their last Group ‘B’ match on Saturday against Zanzibar, the team they beat in Machakos, Kenya in the last played edition of the Challenge Cup in 2017.

However, earlier tainted Kenyan behaviour threw the tournament into a sour note when their trouble delayed the start of their opening match against Tanzania Mainland last Sunday which the Kenyans won 1-0.

At first, the Kenyans refused to take the pitch claiming some Tanzania Mainland players did not have correct passports. In the dressing room tiff with tournament organisers, the door lock was broken and the Kenyans chased away the fourth referee, Mohamad Guedi.

Repercussion was swift. After the match organisers suspended Kenya’s head coach Francis Kimanzi for two games. In a communication dated December 8, the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) said Kimanzi was banned for un-sporting behaviour. The organisation also warned the other Kenya team officials.

“Kimanzi is suspended from the technical bench for two consecutive matches of this tournament and should not appear anywhere in the stadium while serving the punishment,” said the communication.

“The assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno has also been warned for his unprofessional behaviour together with the other members of Kenya’s technical bench.”

Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi: On spotlight and ban for 'nasty' behaviour

Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi: On spotlight and ban for ‘nasty’ behaviour

The organizing committee pointed out that the Kenyan technical bench led by Kimanzi protested the position of the match officials and chased away the fourth official,  Mohamad Guedi,  from the dressing room.

“The same technical team mobilized the players not to play the match by locking them inside the room over the accusation that three Tanzanian players had no valid passports,” added the letter. It said the technical bench also broke the door lock during the protest that delayed the kick-off of this match for over 10 minutes.

“Throughout this nasty show, your [Kenya] officials did not comply with Article 15(1) of the rules and regulations of this tournament,” added the letter.

Burundi 1-2 Djibouti Gp ‘A’

TEAMS:

BURUNDI – 1 Fabien Motombora: 12 Amin Abdoul, 15 Eric Ndizeye, 14 Issa Hakizimana, 3 Rachid Harerimana, 10 Olivier Dusabe, 8 Abedi Bigirimana, 17 Cedric Urasenga, 11 Landry Ndikumana, 11 Raoul Vyamungu, 19 Nyandwi Gakiza

Reserves – 20 Onesime Rukundo (gk); 2 Chancel Ndiaye,  5 Saida Iddy, 18 Issa Nsibimana, 4 Moussa Muryango, 7 Iddy Museremu, 6 Alphese Ndayisanga, 16 Jean-Claude Ndarusanze

DJIBOUTI – 16 Innocent —-: 3 Ali Youssouf, 2 Mohammed Bourham, 6 Aboulkadir Djama, 13 Fouad Moussa, 5 Hamza Abdi, 4 Yabe Said, 18 Hassan Warsama, 19 Mohammed Salem, 8 Ahmed Youssouf, 9 Mahdi Houssein

Reserves – 1 Abdi Nasradin (gk); 10 Mohamed Haroun, 17 Abdourahman Kassime, 20 Ali Adeleh, 15 Moussa Fahmi, 11 Moussa Hassan, 12 Bourhan Saleh

Tanzania Mainland 1-0 Zanzibar

TEAMS:

ZANZIBAR – Suleiman Ahmed Ali: Haruna Abdalla Jabir, Mwinyi Haji Mngwali, Salum Abdalla Kheri, Ali Hamad Ali, Feisal Salum, Mudathir Yahya (captain), Mohammed Isa, Abdulaziz Makame, Abalkassim Suleiman, Dau Issa Haidar

Reserves – Abdulmalik Adam, Mohammed Othman, Awesu Ali Awesu, Omar Abubakar, Makame Khamis, Ali Abdulsamad, Hassa Nassor

Coach: Hemed “Morocco” Suleiman (Zanzibar)

TANZANIA MAINLAND – 18 Aish Manula: 17 Mwaita Gereza, 2 Gadiel Michael, 4 Bakari Mwamnyeto, 5 Kelvin Yondan, 20 Jonas Mkude, 7 Miraj Athuman, 19 Muzamiru Yassin, 10 Ditram Nchimbi, 11 Hassan Dilunga, 8 Eliuter Mpepo

Reserves –  1 David Mapigano (gk); 13 Metacha Mnata, 3 Nickson Kibarage, 4 Baraka Majogoro, 14 Lukas Kikoti, 9 Paul Nonga, 16 Cleophace Mkandala, 12 Juma Abdul, 15 Mohammed Hussein

Coach: Juma Mgunda (Tanzania)

KENYA 2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP SQUAD:

(All Kenyan clubs unless stated)

Goalkeepers:

Timothy Odhiambo  – (Ulinzi Stars)

Samuel Odhiambo  – (Western Stima)

Defenders:

Johnstone Omurwa – (Wazito)

Joash Onyango – (Gor Mahia)

Daniel Sakari – (Kariobangi Sharks)

Andrew Juma – (Mathare United)

David Owino – (Mathare United)

Samuel Olwande – (Kariobangi Sharks)

Midfielders:

Anthony Wambani – (Vasalunds IF, Sweden)

Roy Okal – (Mathare United)

Kenneth Muguna – (Gor Mahia)

Musa Masika – (Wazito)

Abdallah Hassan – (Bandari)

Moses Mudavadi  – (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Lawrence Juma – (Gor Mahia)

Whyvone Isuza – (AFC Leopards)

Kevin Kimani – (Mathare United)

Cliffton Miheso – (Gor Mahia)

Forwards:

Oscar Wamalwa – (Ulinzi Stars)

Timothy Otieno – (Tusker)

Coach: Francis Kimanzi (Kenya)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

 

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