Ethiopia and Rwanda women’s National football teams shake hands before Wednesday’s match kick off PHOTO by Hussein Ahmed Uganada FA Media Officer
Kampala, Uganda ( AFRICASPORTS.NET) – The Rwandan women’s national football team better known as She-Amavubi,
are unseated from the 2016 CECAFA women’s championship as they fell to Ethiopia 3-2 in their last group B match on Wednesday.
Losa Abera gave the Ethiopian women a very early lead by netting the first goal in the 3rd minute before she scored her second goal in the 63rd minute, while Meskerem Kanko bagged a goal in the 70th minute.
The Rwandans themselves fought hard to secure two goals in the 44th and in the 69th minutes of the match. The goals were scored by Mukeshimana Dorothee and Nibagwire Sifa Gloria.
With Wednesday’s defeat, She-Amavubi booked their tickets back to Kigali, as the Ethiopian women advanced to the semi-finals. Others who already qualified for the semis are: Kenya and Tanzania, while either Uganda or
Burundi will station in the last four stage line-up after their clash on Thursday afternoon.
She-Amavubi’s head coach, Nyinawumuntu Marie Grace, told the media that the tournament was a lesson-taking experience for her side and hey will re-correct everything which went wrong during the competition.
“We are not happy because we lost two consecutive matches, but even though we are out we have learned more from the event and we will prepare well for next year’s competition” Nyinawumuntu Marie Grace, told the media.
“I now know the level of my girls and as well as the level of other teams, I noted the weak points of my players and I will correct all mistakes we did before jetting to future competitions” she added.
On her side, Mezeret Manni of Ethiopia, one of the most wonderful female coaches in the CECAFA region said in a post match press conference that Wednesday’s match against Rwanda was a starting point for her side.
“It was a good match. We played short passes, but we also did some mistakes from which we learned to help us prepare well for other matches ahead. We want to improve from where we are now to make sure that we
defeat Tanzania when we meet on Friday” Mezeret Manni told the media.