Savio Dominique Nshuti vieing for the ball against a Tanzanian defender (Courtesy photo)
By: Danito Nsubuga
After Uganda’s failure to beat The Bright stars of South Sudan in Juba yesterday on 14, July, 2017. Tanzania also failed to take use of their home advantage when they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda at the CCM square in Mwanza.
German born coach Antoine Hey named a young vibrant side that attacked the Tanzanians relentlessly from the onset and their efforts were repaid inside 20 minutes when AS Kigali new recruit Savio Dominique Nshuti slotted home a cool finish to put the visitors ahead with a valuable away goal to take home in the return fixture in a weeks time.
But before the break, Homid Mao gave the Taifa Stars a lifeline when he equalised in the 42nd minute. Despite several attacks and a more grip on the game by Tanzania, the Rwandans held on until the final minute which gives them an upper hand going into the return fixture in the return leg at their ravoured Stade Regionale Nyamirambo in Kigali.
The aggregate winner will face the winner between Uganda and South Sudan in the final phase of the Central – East zone qualifiers of the 2018 CHAN tournament to be hosted by Kenya next year.
In other results, The Bafana Bafana of South Africa have dispatched Botswana 2-0 thanks to goals from Kaiser Chiefs striker Rayan Moon and Gift Motupa, putting them in the front seat going into the return leg to be in South Africa.