Zanzibar Shock Micho's Rwanda in Cecafa Challenge Cup

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Zanzibar on Thursday registered a shock result, beating Rwanda 2-1 in the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup at Namboole Stadium in Kampala.

Zanzibar on Thursday registered a shock result, beating Rwanda 2-1 in the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup at Namboole Stadium in Kampala.
The result throws Group C wide open and unpredictable as Zanzibar, coach Sredejovic Micho’s Rwanda and Malawi are in contention to make it to quarters.
 
Zanzibar, who drew with Eritrea 0-0 in their opening match now top the group with four points, while Rwanda’s Amavubi and the Malawi Flames follow with three points each.
 
Playing on a very slippery pitch after heavy rain, the Zanzibar team looked more comfortable and benefited from a goalkeeping error in the 8th minute to score. The Amavubi goalkeeper Jean Claude Ndoli attempted to clear a ball but missed it, only for Khamis Mcha Khamis to finish in an empty net.
 
On resumption Rwanda again piled pressure, but poor communication in defence cost them as Kassim Sulyeman’s curving pass was finished off well by Mcha Khamis for his second goal of the evening. Dady Birori pulled one back for the Amavubi with a perfect header off a well taken Haruna Niyonzima cross.
 
Rwanda coach Sredejovic Micho, who has also coached top teams in Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa was a disappointed man after the match. He said his team failed to flow on a wet pitch and also made some terrible mistakes, but he promised to fight back in the last group game against Eritrea.
 
Salum Nassor, the Zanzibar coach was all smiles telling Uganda Radio Network beating Rwanda has always proved difficult for them.
 
In an earlier match Malawi also beat Eritrea 3-2. Coach Kinnah Phiri’s team that lost 2-0 in the opening match to the Amavubi this time scored twice through Chiukepo Msowoya and Miciam Mhone.
 
The hungry Eritreans who piled lots of pressure on the Malawi team netted through Yosief Ghide and a late penalty by Hermon Tecleab.
 
Defending champions, Uganda Cranes, who are already through to the last eight, return to action on Friday against South Sudan, while Ethiopia face Kenya in what promises to be a tough contest.