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WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: Rwanda and Kenya settle for a stalemate

David GOMBE

Abdul Rwatubyaye cancelled out Michael Olunga’s early strike as Rwanda and Kenya played out to a 1-1 stalemate at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali on Sunday.

The result saw Rwanda record their first point of the ongoing Africa World Cup qualifiers after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Mali in their opening group E game.

For Kenya, this was their second draw having played out to a goalless stalemate at home with Uganda last week.

Olunga fired the visitors into the lead in the 9th minute of game when his powerful shot left Amavubi Stars custodian Emery Mvuyekure helpless.

In the 20th minute, the home side responded and levelled matters through Abdul Rwatubyeye.

The second half was not exciting as the first period and both sides had to settle for a stalemate which leaves them winless after two games.

Kenya are now second in Group E a point adrift of leaders Mali who face Uganda on Monday.

Rwanda will next face Uganda in back to back games in October while Kenya will host Mali in home and away fixtures of the third round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

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