Amavubi Stars exits Cecafa tournament
The Amavubi Stars who are always favorites to do well in the regional championships were suffering their second defeat in a row after going down to champions Uganda Cranes in the opener last Friday.
The Sudanese who have already made it to the last eight started strongly and created numerous scoring chances especially in the first half.
They should have been ahead by the 21st minute but Mohamed Tahir was denied by the post after he had beaten his marker on the way to goal.
Rwanda nearly scored from a counter-attack one minute later but Kagere Meddie was denied even as the Amavubi Stars forced their first corner of the match. One minute later, Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge was cautioned for rough play by Kenyan center referee Davies Omweno.
Sudan who kept up the pressure were rewarded at the half hour mark when Salah Ibrahim dispossessed Mugiraneza Jean-Baptiste and unleashed a thunderbolt which beat the Rwandese goalkeeper all the way.
Two minutes later, Rwanda were back on the attack but the best they could get from their effort was a corner kick as the half time whistle went off.
The second half was also a tale of missed chances from either side with Nazar Hamid being denied by the Rwandese goalkeeper in the 65th minute as the winners got their first corner of the second half.
Rwanda’s chance came in the 86th minute but Jean Baptiste fluffed a clear chance to pull back an equalizer for his team.
Rwanda’s chances of moving to the quarterfinals greatly rely on other teams performances and also whether the Amavubi can score three or four goals or even more against Eritrea in their last group encounter.
Where these goals will emerge is already a worry for not only the fans and football enthusiasts but the technical bench as well.
The Amavubi have scored only one goal in 90 minutes since June this year and have conceded seven goals. Now that is a worrying statistic for any tactician and Nshimiyimana will be hoping Rwanda scores goals against Eritrea.
Rwanda takes on Eritrea on December 5 while Uganda will be up against Sudan on the same day.
Group C Results:
Sudan 1 Rwanda 0
Eritrea 0 Uganda 3
Group C standings:
1. Sudan 6 pts
2. Uganda 6 pts
3. Rwanda 0 pts
4. Eritrea 0 pts.