A stoppage time own goal by Tanzania’s Salim Mbonde granted Ethiopia a place in the CECAFA Senior Challenge quarterfinals.
By Usher Komugisha |
A stoppage time own goal by Salim Mbonde granted Ethiopia a place in the CECAFA Senior Challenge quarterfinals on Saturday in front of a fully packed Hawassa Stadium.
The Tanzanian central defender found the back of his own net in an attempt to clear Aschalew Girma’s pass from the right in the 92nd minute as the hosts survived an early exit from the regional tournament.
Aschalew Girma was passing to Mohammed Naser who was within inches of the goal and was ready to tap the ball in only for Mohammed Mbonde to make his work easier, sending the 40 000 fans at Hawassa Stadium into a frenzy.
Simon Msuva had earlier netted for the Kilimanjaro Stars in the 54th minute and Tanzania were on course to register maximum points as the only side to win all their three group games.
After conceding, Ethiopia who knew that they had to avoid defeat for any chance of featuring in the quarterfinals, sought an equalizer with Nasser coming close from a freekick that hit the crossbar.
Seyoum Tesfaye also got an opportunity with a freekick from 30 yards but his shot went wide as the Ethiopians continued to search for an equalizer.
Ethiopia and Tanzania will meet again on November 30 in the quarterfinals at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.
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