KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 8 – Substitute Montasir Osman scored at the death as Sudan came from a goal down and a missed penalty to play to a 1-1 draw with Zanzibar in the Group B opening match at the CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kampala on Sunday.
Sudan’s Emaldeldeen Salah had missed a penalty in the first half before Khamis Musa Makame scored for Zanzibar. However, the Sudanese got a much needed point and it came just after Zanzibar had been reduced to 10 men.
Ahmada Ibrahim was shown a straight red card with four minutes left to play after an elbow off the ball on Salah.
Sudan had a chance to score after half an hour when Mudathir Yahya handled the ball inside the box as he tried to defend a corner, but Salah saw his effort saved and the follow up also blocked by keeper Suleiman Ahmed.
Sudan made changes with Osman coming on for Awad Mohammed and he almost made an immediate impact when he struck a shot from range but it was tipped over for a corner by the keeper.
In the second half Zanzibar improved in offense and were gifted with a goal 10 minutes in when Makame put the ball across the line from a goalmouth melee.
But the never say die Sudan gave in a fight and were pleased to get the point at the death, Osman’s shot from range gliding past a forest of defenders to beat the keeper.