Saturday, December 7
*Djibouti 0-0 Somalia
*Uganda Vs Burundi – 4:00PM
Sunday, December 8
Zanzibar Vs Sudan – 1:30PM
Kenya Vs Tanzania – 4PM
The Horn of Africa Derby between CECAFA group A teams Somalia and Djibouti ended in a goalless draw at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
This was the 2019 CECAFA Senior challenge cup opening game in Kampala.
Despite having a big fan base at Lugogo, the Somalia team failed to take command in the game they looked the second best.
Somalia’s best chance saw Ali Adem Muse’s shot at close range deflected out while Hussein Abdikarim Mohammed beat Mohamed Bouurham but goalie Mbonihaukoye came to the rescue.
Djibouti coach Julie Mette who recently helped Djibouti beat Eswatini to qualify for the group stages of the 2021 FIFA World Cup qualifiers noted that his side should have won the game.
“We dominated the game and created many chances and am disappointed not to have won the game today, we had better opportunities and next time we should do better,” said Melle.
Somalia will have their goalkeeper Said Awes Ali to thank after tremendous saves; He denied Ahmed Youssouf from a tight angle, kept out Saleh Bourhan freekick and he easily collected Mohamed Fahoud at close range.
Fahoud also rattled the post after he was put through by Moussa.
Somalia face Uganda on Monday while Djibouti return to action against Burundi on Wednesday.
Djibouti XI – Innocent Mbonihaukoye, Ahmed Youssouf, Wais Daoud, Abdulkader Djama, Mohamed Bouurham, Ali Ypussouf, Fouad Moussa, Saleh Bourhan, Warsama Hassan
Substitutes – Haroun Mohamed, Kassime Abdourahman, Nasradin Abdi, Adeleh Ali, Salem Mohamed, Fahmi Mousssa, Hassan Moussa, Yabe Siad, Yabe Siadi, Hamza Abdi
Coach – Julie Melle
Somalia XI – Said Aweys Ali, Hussein Abdikarim Mohammed, Yonis Abdirizak Farh, Liban Abdiaziz Abdullah, Ali Adem Muse, Mohamud Ali Mohammad, Omar Abdaluahi Mohamed, Abdelaziz Safimayon Yousef, Abdulkadir Said Ahmed, Guled Abdirizak Ahmed
Substitutes – Mohammed Abukar Mohamed, Anwar Sidali Shakunda, Omar Sharif Kale, Hassan Abdin Ur Gessey, Saidi Ali Hussein, Farham Mahamud Omar, Usaama Rashid Yussuf, Abdiaziz Xasan Moxamuud
Coach – Bashir Hayford
Referee – Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)
Assistants – Joshua Achilla (Kenya) and Ferdinand Chacha (TZ)