Penalty Route Sends Rwanda to Cecafa Final


Rwanda booked their spot in the final of the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after a 4-2 success over Sudan on post-match penalties.

The two sides were deadlocked 0-0 in normal time, sending the match into extra time which ended 1-1.

Sudan played much of the game with 10-men after Bakri Osman Idriss was sent off after 19 minutes. Rwanda failed to seize control before they were also reduced to 10-men, substitute Isaie Songa receiving his marching orders after barely three minutes after coming on at the hour mark for an unnecessary elbow on the Falcon’s Mazin Shams Elfalah.

Extra time goals

With the tie even at the end of normal time, the match went into extra time. Sudan, who reached the semis after edging neighbors South Sudan on post-match penalties, assumed the lead through Atahir El Tahir who netted in the 100th minute. However, Jean Baptiste drew the Amavubi level ten minutes later to deny the 2013 losing finalists a straight ticket to their second final in succession.

With neither of the sides able to net the decisive winner, the match went into penalties.

Rwanda once again proved their mettle from 12 yards as they netted all their first four spot-kicks. Rwanda keeper Eric Ndayishimiye, who saved Eric Johanna’s penalty to send defending champions Kenya out in the quarters, was the hero once again as he kept out goalscorer El Tahir’s effort, while Mazin Elfalah Ahmed missed the target completely, sending Johnny McKinstry’s side to their first Cecafa final since 2011 and 7th in their history (won 1: 1999).

They will now await on the winner between record champions Uganda and hosts Ethiopia, a match that Sudan will also have interests on as they will play the loser in the third-place playoff.

Sudan Penalties

Scorers: Ibrahim Mahgoub Hassen, Mohammed Tahir Osman Scores

Missed: Atahir El Tahir, Mazin Elfalah Ahmed 

Rwanda Penalties

Scorers: Haruna Niyonzima, Jacques Tuyisenge, Djihad Bizimana, Ernest Suriga

Missed: 0

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