Kenya’s defence of the CECAFA Senior Challenge title went up in smoke on Tuesday 1 December after a 5 – 3 loss to Rwanda on post match penalties after the two teams played to a barren draw in regular time at the Addis Ababa Stadium.
The outcome of the game was reminiscent of the 2009 CECAFA Senior Challenge final held in Rwanda when Rwanda saw off Kenya in the final but from this match, Kenya will shoulder the blame for a blunt attack that failed to test Rwanda keeper Eric Ndayishimiye like it should have.
Eric Johanna was the villain for Kenya, missing his spot kick after Sudan took 3 – 2 lead in the shootouts.
Rwanda were the first takers with Haruna Niyonzima getting it right before Jacques Tuyisenge and Djihad Bizimana scored theirs. For Kenya, Noah Abich and David Owino had scored before Johanna stepped forward to take his very casually and Ndayishimiye kept it out.
Boniface Oluoch had a hand to Songa Isaie’s kick but it was too strong and went in and Jesse Were stepped forth for Kenya’s fourth penalty and scored.
But left back Celestin Ndayishimiye sent Kenya crashing out with the final kick.
Earlier at the same venue, Sudan beat South Sudan 5 – 3 on post match penalties after a barren draw in regular time.
Sudan keeper Akram Salim was the hero for his nation, saving one kick and scoring the final one to see his team through to the semis.
The two sides will face off in the semi finals on Thursday.