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Harambee Stars win again Saturday, July 31, 1999 By ELIAS MAKORI Kenya 1 Rwanda 'B' 0 Kenya's Harambee Stars will meet Sudan at 6.30 pm tomorrow in the fourth quarter-final game of the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in Kigali, Rwanda. Stars booked the ticket to face the Sudanese after defeating hosts Rwanda `B' 1-0 in the final game of the tournament's preliminary round at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali yesterday. After the match, Stars' Nigerian coach Christian Chukwu said the foundation of soccer in the East African region has been quite shaky. "When I came to East Africa, the main problem I found was the poor youth foundation as compared to West African soccer. "I have had to start from scratch and now all my players (Harambee Stars) are under 23 years of age," the coach who has been drafted into the aggressive Kenya Football Federation's Youth Development Programme said. The East Africa Breweries-sponsored tournament's quarter- finals start today with Burundi playing Uganda at 4.30 pm and Tanzania playing Burundi at 6.30. Tomorrow's other semi-final at 4.30 pm will see Rwanda `A' playing Ethiopia. Should Kenya advance, they'll play the winner of the Burundi v Uganda game in the semi-finals on Tuesday. Eric Omondi scored the lone goal for Stars yesterday in the 16th minute, a well taken shot from a free kick about 25 metres out of the Rwandans' goal. The hosts, however, were relieved when they won a toss of the coin to sneak through to the quarters ahead of Eritrea with whom they had tied on points and goals. Harambee Stars: Francis Onyiso, Charles Oduor, Robert Olang, Tiellen Oguta, George Waweru, Eric Omondi, Mike Mururi, John Muiruri, Charles Kimuyu (Tom Ogweno), Maurice Sunguti (Geoffrey Okoth), Mark Serengo (Patrick Mugata). Their scheduled Moi Golden Cup game against Nyali Beach Hotel last weekend referred to the boardroom, Premier League leaders Mumias Sugar shift their attention to the league with an explosive home game against resurgent Eldoret KCC today. The seventh-placed KCC recovered from a loss to Tusker FC last Saturday to hit Gor Mahia 1-0 the following day in Nairobi and will travel to the Mumias Complex with their guns blazing. KCC's Tom Rero is away with the national team in Kigali's Challenge Cup while Mumias' former KCC forward Mark Serengo, Patrick Mugata and midfielder Charles Kimuyu are also away. This hands the onus to the fringe players and judging from last weekend's games, Dennis Ochieng', Sammy Okoth and Francis Xavier are capable of swinging the game KCC's way. The rest of the fixtures, today: Coast Stars v Shabana (Mombasa); Utalii v Telkom; Eldoret FC v Sony; Re-Union v Chemelil (Afraha); Tomorrow: Re-union (18) v Nzoia (2) (Nakuru); Brooke Bond (19) v All-Stars (21) (Kericho); Oserian (11) v Telkom (14) (Naivasha).
Stars face-off against hosts Rwanda 'B' Friday, July 30, 1999 By ELIAS MAKORI Harambee Stars are back at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali this afternoon with coach Christian Chukwu seeking to improve his record against Rwanda `B' in a Challenge Cup game the Kenyans must win to further boost their ego. Chukwu's 1-1-4 (won, drawn, lost) record following Wednesday's 1-0 win over Eritrea needs a further tonic as the ex-Nigerian international seeks to give Kenya back the regional diadem that has eluded Stars for the past 16 years. But although the Tusker-sponsored Kenyans won on Wednesday and now move on to the quarter-finals, Stars did not quite have the hallmark of potential champions. All the same, they will ride upon the Eritrea win to gather confidence for this afternoon's game in which the home crowd will definitely be fiercely rooting for their second string side. Should Rwanda `B' lose 0-1 against Stars today, they will be all square with Eritrea and will await a confirmation from the tournament organisers as to who will join Stars to the last eight from Group `D'. Rwanda `B' drew 0-0 with Eritrea in an earlier group `D' game on Monday and should the hosts lose to Kenya by more that one goal, then Eritrea will steal their way into the quarters. Maurice Sunguti, who is still struggling to get clearance from Ugandan side Express to travel down south for a possible signing with Qwa Qwa Stars, scored the lone goal against Eritrea on Wednesday which the Asmara side's goalkeeper Berhane Araya fiercely protested. Stars' man-of-the-match on Wednesday was no doubt Utalii playmaker John Muiruri who time and again tore through the heart of Eritrea's rickety defence with Sunguti missing a number of resultant through-balls. Chukwu's reading of the game was quite impressive too especially his early decision to bench Sammy Simiyu for the more attack-oriented Charles Kimuyu at midfield. But there is more effort required at midfield to help supply more balls upfront to Sunguti and Mumias' Mark Serengo. It was heartening to see AFC Leopards half-back Japhet Waweru playing a more disciplined game that he did in his Kenya debut against Zambia in the Africa Nations' Cup qualifiers.
EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA SOCCER
Rwanda Gets Massive Support for EA Soccer
A JOINT REPORT
Wednesday, July 21, 1999 , ARRANGEMENTS ARE in place to provide live radio and television coverage of the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup soccer, which begins in the Rwandan capital this week.
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia and the host country are expected to participate in the annual competition organised by the Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa).
Television broadcasters in Cecafa member-countries wishing to air the matches from
Kigali will be required to pay a one- time fee of $10,000 for the Rwanda Television feed.
The fee is $500 for radio stations providing live commentary.
The Rwanda National Information Bureau director, Wilson Rutayisire, told The
EastAfrican last week that an agreement with Cecafa and Kenya's Media Plus for
covering all the 20 matches live had been signed.
"Our main objective is not to make money from the tournament but to ensure that people
in the region watch the matches live," he said.
A Fifa representative to the tournament, Mr Dusan Maravich, is in Rwanda to help the
local football federation, Ferwafa, to organise the championship and examine all the
financial aspects of it.
Group A: Rwanda A, Tanzania, Djibouti
Surprise packets Burundi hold Cranes
In Group `B', Uganda Cranes were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by Burundi, one of
Africa's fastest rising nations whose top player Nonda "Papi" Shaban made
headlines in the French First Division league at Rennes last season.
Kenya's Harambee Stars, seeking to reclaim the title they last won in 1983 when
the team's current greying team manager Elly Adero was still playing, have to wait
until tomorrow for their opening match in Group `D' against one of Africa's most
exciting new finds Eritrea.
Eritrea upset Kenya 1-0 in their last meeting at the 1994 Challenge Cup in Mumias
and went on to reach the semi-finals where they lost to eventual winners Tanzania.
Today's matches will see Somalia taking on Burundi in what is likely to be a
one-sided Group `B' game while Sudan takes on Ethiopia in a potentially explosive
Group `C' encounter.
Walyas Beat Zanzibar 2-0 At CECAFA
The Ethiopian side won with a goal each in both halves. According to reports
from Kigali, midfielder Mulualem Regasa earned the opener just seconds from
the kick off.
For the national side, with a win or a draw enough to give Ethiopia a place into
the second round. A win for Ethiopia means completing the preliminary round on
top of Group C.
At that time they were able to advance into the second round as top of their
But the championship, the oldest regional championship in Africa, was marred with
early protests over poor living conditions from some of the participating teams.
Rwanda FA officials accepted that there were initial problems but gave an
assurance that the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations
(CECAFA) had moved in to address the problem.
Thierry Hitimana, Nseko Sefu, Amodi Katauti and Dieudonne Hategekimana
scored for the Rwandans and Mahad Said was the Djibouti marksman at the
Rwanda were also guilty of over elaboration in attack and wild shooting and were constantly caught offside during the second half after building a 3-1 half-time lead. Djibouti wasted a good chance to create an exciting finish when second-half substitute Dirieh Hared fired a 70th-minute penalty kick wide after Sefu handled in the box.
Hitimana opened the scoring after 16 minutes, Sefu turned sharply to fire the second
nine minutes later and a rout seemed possible when Katauti headed the third with
36 minutes gone. Slack marking at a free kick allowed Said to reduce arrears in the
40th minute and the final goal came six minutes before time.
Kenya highest ranked team in Rwanda
Kenya are ranked at number 100, maintaining the position they held last month,
according to the standings released by Fifa on Wednesday.
Others in the top 100 are Burkina Faso (77), Togo (79), Guinea (82), Namibia
(83), Senegal (85), Mozambique (93), Liberia (95) and Congo Brazaville (96).
In the rankings, Brazil increased their lead while Uruguay, Mexico and Chile all
climbed significantly, the reward for their strong performance at the recently
completed Copa America.