The Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup group stages ended dramatically as hosts Ethiopia avoided crashing out thanks to a late own goal by Tanzani’s Salim Mbonde which saw the Walia Antelopes grab a 1-1 draw to enter the quarters as one of the best third-placed teams.
Already-qualified Tanzania didn’t look to be in the moods to do the hosts a favor as Simon Msuva gave them the lead six minutes into the second half after a barren first half.
However, Ethiopia, who needed a draw to progress, pushed for the equalizer which came at the death, Mbonde turning into his own net a whipped cross from the right.
The 1-1 draw saw Tanzania finish top of the Group on seven points, one ahead of Rwanda in second. Ethiopia finished a further two points behind but had a superior goal difference to Burundi to join Sudan as one of best third-placed finishers.
Tanzania and Ethiopia will battle again in the quarters on Monday (Nov. 30). Record champions, Uganda, who finished top of Group B will battle Malawi in the other Monday fixture.
Defending champions Kenya will battle Group C runners-up Rwanda on Tuesday. There will be a repeat of the Sudan derby as South Sudan have been drawn to face Sudan who finished third in Group A which was won by their neighbors.
The two sides played to a barren draw in their group stage clash.
Uganda vs Malawi
Tanzania vs Ethiopia
South Sudan vs Sudan
Rwanda vs Kenya
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