Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Cecafa Kagame Cup

Karekezi treble rescues Rwanda

Skipper Olivier Karekezi stepped off the bench to score a hat-trick as Rwanda came from 2-1 down to beat Djibouti 5-2 in their final Group A match in Dar es Salaam on Friday.

The experienced striker scored three times in eight minutes to kill off any chances of an upset by Djibouti who had started brightly in their last match of this year’s Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup.

Ahmed Hassan had given the ranks outsiders a 2-1 halftime lead stunning Amavubi Stars who had been strong favourites going into the match.

But Rwanda have been impressive all week and they clawed back to 2-2 on 57 minutes when Jean Claude Mugiraneza scored with a powerful header.

Rwanda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic had given his striking duo of Meddie Kagera and Karekezi a rest but he threw them on with half an hour to go and was rewarded with a late flourish.

Kagera struck the woodwork with a powerful header that had beaten the keeper all ends up on 67 minutes. The striker struck the woodwork a second time on 76 minutes as the winners upped the tempo.

Then it turned to the Karekezi show as the veteran striker slotted his first of the match 12 minutes from time shooting from the edge of the area.

He made it two in two minutes after a quick Rwandese attack that saw Haruna Niyonzima cut the ball back onto his path and he finished smartly.

Karekezi completed his hatrick four minutes from time picking up the ball on the edge of the area and smashing it past the keeper to complete the rout.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The big match myth
One of the things that make football the popular sport it is, is the simplicity. The team with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Moaning Mourinho blasts ref, but not his team
There is an old saying (cliché) that says, “A tradesman always blames his tools.”

Sunday Oliseh
No more underdogs In African football
As I sat there at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium and watched Sierra Leone mastermind a 0-0 draw...

Segun Odegbami
The baptism of Nigeria’s new coach
Last Saturday we saw glimpses of a new Super Eagles team. It was not such a pleasant sight.

Neil Tovey
Rakhale – kasi star on the rise
Thabo Rakhale has come on in leaps and bounds as a player since he debuted for Sivutsa Stars during...

Emeka Enyadike
All eyes on Coutinho
Phillippe Coutinho produced one of the standout moments of the opening week of the Premier League.