Rwanda Joins Botswana for Second Round

| May 11, 2015

Rwanda joined Botswana into the second round of the qualifiers for the African U-23 Championship Senegal 2015 qualifier after holding Somalia to a 1-1 draw in Djibouti on Sunday.

The stalemate was enough to land the Amavubis a place at the next round 3-1 on aggregate.

The Rwandese, never to have qualified for Olympic games will face northern neighbours Uganda at the next round of the qualifying series, that will produce seven teams to join hosts Senegal for the final tournament later in the year.

It was the Amavubi, which went up first through Isaie Songa after four minutes whilst winger Abbas Mohamed leveled for the Somalis on the hour mark.

Kenya’s no-show at the Olympic Games saw yet another setback after crashing out of the continental qualifiers for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

The Harambee Stars beat Botswana 4-1 in their second leg first round clash in Nairobi on Saturday, but it was not enough to see them through. The Zebras aanced on the away goal rule after a 4-4 tie on aggregate.

It means that the East African nation will have to wait for another four years to break their Olympics hoodoo.

Striker Michael Olunga netted a hat-trick in the pursuit of a historic comeback, but they were undone by a Omaatlo Kebatho first half strike. Kebatho leveled on 25 minutes two minutes after Olunga scored the opener with a left shot that beat Botswana goalie Goitseone Phoko.

Five minutes before the break, lanky forward Olunga ensured the hosts ended the first half with a thin lead thanks to a low shot.

Back from recess, John Ndirangu increased the tally on 76 minutes before Olunga completed his hat-trick with a strike in stoppage time. Tried as the Harambee Stars, they failed to get the final goal that would have capped one of the major comebacks in continental football, handing Botswana a place at the second round where they will face fellow southerners Zambia.

The three top teams at the African U-23 Championship schedule for 28 November to 12 December 2015 will represent the continent at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Source : Confederation of African Football

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