CECAFA: Ethiopia Hold Kenya

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Zanzibar 2-1 South Sudan

Kenya 0-0 Ethiopia

Host Kenya were held to a barren draw by Group ‘A’ opponents Ethiopia in the Wednesday evening 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opener at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Kenya’s Jockins Atudo (right) vies for the ball against Ethiopia’s Yousef Hassan Sallah during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala in 2012. (Photo:Courtesy)
Kenya’s Jockins Atudo (right) vies for the ball against Ethiopia’s Yousef Hassan Sallah during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala in 2012. (Photo:Courtesy)

The Harambee Stars who had head Coach Adel Amrouche conspicuously absent from the bench were so wasteful infront of goal and started the match on a bright note making key inroads within the initial minutes but both Allan Wanga and David Gateri’s chances went wide from close range.

Ugandan referee Denis Batte got under scrutiny after denying Ethiopia a clear penalty in the 61st minute with Ethiopia had their chances on goal as their fast paced players forcing the Kenyans to commit fouls with David Owino and Aboud Omar getting cautions from rough tackles in the first half.

Zanzibar top

Zanzibar have kicked off their CECAFA campaign  on a high seeing off their opponents South Sudan 2-1 at the Nyayo Stadium earlier on Wednesday.

The Island scored through Suleiman Salim in the first half and stretched the lead after 10 minutes from a Saleh Ahmed cross to send them top of the table before Fabiano Lako pulled in a consolation goal for the Sudanese five minutes later.

Uganda start their title defence on Friday against Rwanda, who they drew with goalless in a friendly recently.

Ethiopia: Starting XI: Derete Alemu (GK),  Fasika Asfan,  Salahadin Bargicho, Thok James,  Moges Tadese, Shemeles Tegne  Mulualem Mesfin, Mintesnote Adane, Yousuf Yassin,  Gebremichael Yakob,  Foad AbasSubs: Tariku Getinet, Adisalem Tesfaye,  Mehary Mena, Shimekit Gogsa, Bereket Yisak,  Manaye Fantu, Yonatan Kebede

Kenya: Starting XI: Duncan Ochieng (GK), David Owino, Jockins Atudo, Musa Mohamed, Aboud Omar, Anthony Akumu, Peter Opiyo, Francis Kahata (c), David Gateri, Edwin Lavatsa, Allan Wanga.
Subs: Jerim Onyango (GK), Jacob Keli, James Situma,James Mulinge, David Kingatua, Cliff Miheso, Paul Kiongera.
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