Police FC cruises to quarter final
RWANDA’S POLICE FC booked a place in the quarter finals of the 2014 CecafaKagame Cup tournament after thrashing defending champions Vital’O 3-1 on Monday at Kigali Regional stadium.
Goals from Jerome Sina, Jacques Tuyisenge and Jimmy Mbaraga were enough to earn a quarter final slot for the Law and Order enforcers who are making their debut in the regional club tournament.
Entertaining Sina scored a 30th minute strike following a good exchange from Jacques Tuyisenge to slot a fantastic strike past former SC Kiyovu goalie Andre Mazimpaka who was recently signed by Vital’O.
Ten minutes later, a poor goal keeping blunder gifted Vital’O with an equalizer off Shaban Hussein’s header.
Impressive striker Jacques Tuyisenge doubled the lead in the 44th minute when he scored a brilliant header from Peter Kagabo’s corner to go into recess with an upper hand.
Coach Andre CassaMbungo came recharged in the second half and continued from where they had stopped with Jimmy Mbaraga heading a stunning 69th minute from MwemereGirinshuti’s free kick to guarantee Police a place in the last eight with six points in two matches played in Group C.
Vital’O would have cancelled out the lead except for new signing striker LauditMavugo who wasted two clear chances in the dying minute of the game when his double efforts went far wide the goal post.
Police beat Sudanese giants El Merriekh 1-0 in their opening game at Amahoro stadium on August 9.
Still in Group C, El Merreikh registered a 4-0 win to dump Somalia’s Banadir Fc out of the tournament. Allan Wanga, Ahmed Elbasha, Serge Wawa and Mohamed Trorie scored all the crucial goals past a disjointed Banadir of Somalia to rekindle their worn hopes of advancing in the competitions.
Banadir who are locked at the bottom of the standings, have now conceded nine goals in two matches following a 1-5 loss to Vital ‘O’ in the opening match.
A win for El Merreikh in Friday’s tough match against Vital’O will guarantee them a place in the quarters. Both Vital’O and El Merriekh are tied on three points but the latter have a better goal difference.
In Group B, hopes of GorMahia progressing to the next round suffered a huge blow after they lost their second game of the tournament.
The new Harambee Stars coach Scot Bobby Williamson’s side conceded 1-0 to Burundian Atletico courtesy of a brilliant shot from Alexis KitengeHakizimanawho beat an offside trap to slot a sharp ball past deserted goal keeper JerimOnyango.
The Kenyan champions would have killed off the game had their strikers converted several of the goal scoring opportunities they got.
Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma and Timothy Otieno missed close range chances two times in the both halves as Onyango was made several reflex saves from rampant Burundians led by whizkidTresorAkimana who was decorated man of the match.
GorMahia who lost the opening game 1-2 against Uganda’s KCCA lie bottom of the standings with no point and find themselves with an uphill task of ensuring a must win in their two remaining fixtures against Djibouti’s Telecom and three-time winners APR FC to stand a chance of progressing to the knock-out round.
A win for Atletico means that four teams now are tied on three points with two games besides APR FC which has played a game less.Telecom leads the group on goals scored followed by APR FC, KCCA and Atletico FC.
On Tuesday, only two matches from Group A and B will be played again at Kigali Regional Stadium. Zanzibar’s KMKM face Ethiopia’s Adama City at 3pm whilst Tanzania’s Azam FC takes on South Sudan’s Atlabara later at 5pm.
El Merriekh 4-0 Benadir
Police 3–1 Vital’O
KMKM vs. Adama City 3pm
Azam vs. Atlabara 5pm