RWANDA DEFENCE FORCES (RDF) football team suffered a major blow in the on-going East African Military Games as they lost their second game against Kenya defense Force (KDF) side Ulinzi Stars at Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar on Tuesday.
Goals from Kevin Amwayi, Stephen Waruru and Boniface Onyangowere enough for the former Kenyan champions to remain on course to clinch the title with a 3-1 victory.
Rwanda started off the match the better side and keeper James Saruni was forced to be extra keen to ward off attacks and made two one on one saves within opening ten minutes. Kevin Amwayi ultimately settled the nerves with a ferocious volley after 11 minutes, picking a rebound from his own corner.
Stephen Waruru scored his third goal of the tournament, the second for Kenya in 20th minute, tapping in from Oliver Kiprutto’s low cross. This came just minutes after he had missed two clear chances, one with only the keeper to beat and the other a low cross from Job Muhati at close range.
Rwanda was reduced to ten men later after Ernest Sugira was sent off for head butting Geoffrey Kokoyo off the ball. The one man advantage helped the Kenyan side settle down and play the ball around.
In second half, Kenya should have had more goals especially with the introduction of Salim Mohammed, who came in for Brian Birgen, who had picked up a knock in first half. Boniface Onyango sealed the win in the 68th minute with a wind assisted goal.
Rwanda scored a consolation with nine minutes to play from Maxim Sekamana. The win was Ulinzi Stars’ third victory of the tournament following their 1-0 win against Tanzania before producing a late comeback to down Burundi 4-2 in their second group fixture.
Kenya is top with nine points, one ahead of Tanzania while Uganda is third on the standing with three points after defeating Rwanda 2-1 on Monday. Burundi and Rwanda have yet to register any point.
Kenya will still qualify to represent the region in Africa Military Games to be held in Tunisia.