Kenya, Ethiopia Storm Quarters

Hosts Kenya are through to the quarterfinals of this year’s GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after beating Zanzibar 2-0 in their final Group A game in Nakuru on Tuesday.

Kenya's Francis Kahata (L) in a tussle for the ball with Mulualem Mesfin of Ethiopia during their Cecafa Group A match at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on November 27, 2013.
Kenya’s Francis Kahata (L) in a tussle for the ball with Mulualem Mesfin of Ethiopia during their Cecafa Group A match at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on November 27, 2013.

The result saw Kenya go joint top with Ethiopia who had earlier beaten South Sudan 2-0. With the two teams having identical results after the group games, the winner of the group will be decided by the toss of a coin.

Azam defender Joackins  Atudo drilled from the spot in the sixth minute  after the exciting  Francis Kahata was  brought down in the box, leaving Atudo with no choice but to  perfectly hammer a hard  shot on the roof of the net.

AFC Leopards striker Allan Wanga then made it 2-0 in the 61st minute with an 18 yard screamer after engaging Jacob Keli in a neat one- two exchange.

South Sudan on the other hand finished bottom of the group  with no point  and have been  bundled out of the tourney joining  Somalia and Rwanda as the teams that will  take an  early flight  home.

Stars needed another goal to secure top spot but in the end; they needed Duncan Ochieng to make a fine stop to preserve their clean sheet.

Kenya will now rely on the lottery of a toss coin while Zanzibar face a nervous few days as they wait to find out whether they qualify as one of the best third placed teams.

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