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Somalia hit poor Burundi to open up Group A

Somalia players celebrate after beating Burundi 1-0 at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 13, 2019 to revive their hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 13 – The race to pick up the remaining single available slot from Group B to the semi-finals of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup will go down to the wire after Somalia beat Burundi 1-0 at the Lugogo Complex on Friday evening.

The victory means Somalia are now on four points, third in the group behind second placed Eritrea who are on six and above Djibouti who are also on four but on an inferior goal difference.

Eritrea who earlier beat Djibouti 3-0 will play the Ocean Boys of Somalia in the final group match on Sunday in what is now seen as a final with the winner of the tie assured of a place in the last four. Djibouti still has a chance, but only if they bit Uganda convincingly.

Omar Abdullahi Mohammed’s well taken goal in the 43rd minute was all Somalia needed for the victory.

Mohammed struck a beautiful volley from range to catch Burundi keeper Onesime Rukundo off guard and give Somalia a lead they jealously guarded to the final whistle.

Somalia forward Omar Abdullahi vies for the ball with Burundi’s Ndarusanze Jean Claude during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

Burundi leave the tournament winless having lost all their matches.

Against Somalia, they had the chances to score but couldn’t just get their act in order in the final third. Theyhad to play the last few minutes of the game with 10 men after Landry Ndikumana was sent off for a second yellow card.

The Somalia keeper made several crucial saves, in the first half doing well to parry away a header from Elphase Ndayisenga off a Jean Claude Ndarusanze cross.

In the second half, he did well again to brilliantly dive to his right and keeper away a Ndarusanze shot from distance.

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