Cecafa women: Rwanda 2 Ethiopia 3 – New Vision

It was end-to-end action that had seen Ethiopia draw first blood through Abera in the 2nd minute.

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Ethiopia are into the semi-finals after beating Rwanda on Wednesday. (Credit: Fred Kyambadde)

Ethiopia sailed through to the semi-finals of the Cecafa Women’s Championship after beating Rwanda in an exciting encounter at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Wednesday.

The result meant that Rwanda are out of further contention, after losing their two games played so far, having been beaten by Tanzania on Monday.

Losa Abera scored a brace and Meskerem Kanko one for Ethiopia while Dorothee Mukeshimana and Nibagwire Sifa Gloria were the scorers for Rwanda.

It was end-to-end action that had seen Ethiopia draw first blood through Abera in the 2nd minute.

But with only seconds to spare to half-time, Mukeshimana struck to send the two sides into the break tied.

Ethiopian players celebrate a goal in an end-to-end game. (Credit: Fred Kyambadde)

Abera was to return to do what she had done in the opening half: score. She tapped Ethiopia back in front from a Shetaye Sisaya cross a little after the hour mark.

Hardly five minutes later, Rwanda responded, thanks to Nibagwire’s strike in the 68th minute.

But the resilient Ethiopians never wavered and were swiftly back in front three minutes later courtesy of Kanko’s brilliance.



It was an enthralling two-way traffic and the crowd appeared to enjoy every minute of the action on a hot afternoon.

Rwanda’s goalkeeper needed on-pitch medical attention after being struck in the face. (Credit: Fred Kyambadde)

Ethiopia will play Tanzania – who are also semi-finalists – on Friday.

On Thursday, Kenya will play Zanzibar in the first game while Uganda will face Burundi in the late kick-off.

 

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