Defending CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Champions, Kenya, will have to thank their neighbors Uganda for doing them a massive favor after they beat Burundi 1-0 with the Cranes finishing on top of the group while the Harambee Stars only just finished second.
Having lost 3-1 to minnows Zanzibar on Friday, Bobby Williamson’s charges were hoping for a miracle to happen and indeed this came to reality when the Cranes, who Kenya beat 2-0 in their opening fixture, secured them more days in Ethiopia.
A win for Burundi would have seen Stars qualify as runners up, locking out the Cranes who needed to win to stay in contention.
However, a second half goal from substitute Frank Kalanda sealed the win for Uganda who emerged as group B winners with six points, two ahead of Kenya and Burundi but the former eliminated the Swallows due to more goals scored.
Both had finished the group with a goal difference of zero but Kenya scored more goals (4) with Burundi finding the net only twice.
Burundi’s still had a chance to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams but an own goal by Salim Mbonde saw Ethiopia draw 1-1 with Ethiopia to grab that chance.
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