6 February 2013

Rwanda: Sibomana Saves Amavubi From Shame

Rwanda needed an 83rd-minute equalizer from Papy Sibomana to rescue a 2-2 draw against bitter rivals Uganda in yesterday's international friendly played at Amahoro Stadium.

A penalty from debutant and Gor Mahia striker Daniel Sserunkuma mid-way through the second half looked destined to give the visitors maximum points, only for the Isonga midfielder to curl home a fine goal with seven minutes to go.

Saidi Kyeyune justified his inclusion in the team by scoring Uganda's opener on the 29th minute. The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) midfielder played a one-two with Sserunkuma before beating Amavubi goalkeeper Jean Luc Ndayishimiye.

However, on the stroke of half time, Meddie Kagere, who recently reunited with his former employers Police FC, leveled matters.

After the break, Bobby Williamson's side continued pressing and got their reward on the 67th minute when Sserunkuma converted a penalty following a reckless foul on Azam's Brain Umony.

But there was still room for an equaliser as Sibomana surged forward before beating Uganda's goalkeeper Abel Dhaira who had denied Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Peter Kagabo in the first half.

The last time the teams met was in 2011 when the Uganda Cranes beat Rwanda 3-2 in a penalty shootout to lift that year's Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Dar es Salaam.

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