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Football | Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup

Karekezi fires Rwanda to final



Skipper Olivier Karekezi scored spectacular winner 12 minutes from time to put Rwanda through to the final of this year’s Cecafa Tusker senior Challenge Cup after beating Sudan 2-1.

The goal settled an absorbing contest that had seen the Amavubi Stars take the lead through Jean Clause Iranzi with Ramadhan Agab equalising for the Desert Hawks.

Rwanda will now meet the winner of the other semifinal pitting reigning champions Tanzania against Uganda on Sunday.

The Wasps made a great start when Iranzi beat the offside to open the scoring with a precise low finish.

They could have gone 2-0 six minutes before halftime when a Sudanese defender headed the ball against his own bar under pressure from Jean Claude Mugiraneza.

Sudan were the better side after the break with Agab forcing Rwanda keeper Jean Claude Ndoli to a fine save on 52 minutes.

It was all Sudan with the Rwandese coach having to be at his best to keep out Mohammed Tahir Osman’s effort five minutes later.

Rwanda though were threatening to extend their lead on 66 minutes through Meddie Kagere who hit the upright from 25 yards with Haruna Niyonzima unable to keep his shot down from the rebound on 66 minutes.

Having escaped, Sudan went up the other end equalised when Agab’s acrobatic effort found the back of the net off a Bashir Koko knockdown.

But Rwanda would not be denied as Karekezi picked up a thrown down the right flank, turned past his marker before firing in a ferocious shot past Sudan keeper Maghoub at his near post.

It was the fifth goal of a hugely productive tournament and kept up Rwanda’s impressive scoring with the Amavubi having notched 12 goals in five matches.



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