The Star (Nairobi)

29 November 2012

Kenya/Sudan: Somalia Hopes of Advancing Go Up in Smoke

Somalia's brave display once again ended with no reward as they were beaten 1-0 by Sudan despite dominating most of their encounter in the second Group 'B' match of the Cecafa Tusker Cup.

Farid Mohammed took advantage of some hesitant goal-keeping from Somalia custodian Moalim Abdullahi to slot in the winning goal in the 85th minute.

Somali led by Sammy Ssibwa from Uganda began on the back-foot with Saeed Doug testing Abduallahi with a firm header in the 5th minute.

Somali though began to come into the game and a long ball forward was inadvertently handled by Sami Abdalla and Mohamad Salah forced Rahaman Ali to tip the ball up for a corner.

From the resultant set piece, Abdalla again headed into the grateful arms of Ali, Sudan captain then brought the best out of the Somali keeper as his looping header was sent out for a fruitless corner.

Somali then conjured up a good move with some intricate passing that needed the intervention of Moawia Alamin to prevent Ali Dadir from going clean through.

The half ended with Musa Idriss being cautioned for a late challenge and as the second began, he was substitute by Mohammed Osman, who immediately made his presence felt as he escaped the attention of the Somalia defence but headed just wide off the advancing Abdullahi's post.

Somali continued to probe and had good chances with Mohammed Jamah's woeful shot after a pass form Ali Mohammed in the 62 minute.

SSibwa's men with their deceptively languid frame did not tire as they did in their 5-1 demolition by Burundi and Dadir ran from his half and nearly won a penalty as he was brought down just on he edge of the box twenty minutes from the end.

The match looked to be destined for a draw until Sudan intercepted a Somali attack and sent Farid scampering forward. Abdullahi could have saved the situation had he reacted quickly but he was slow off his line, allowing the Sudan number three to score the goal that will almost certainly confine them to a first round exit, Sudan, beaten 2-0 by Tanzania in their first game, gave their chances of advancing new lease of life.

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