Kenya, Rwanda to play for pride in dead rubber clash

Kenya, Rwanda to play for pride in dead rubber clash
Kenya captain Michael Olunga

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 14, 2021. 17:00

Kenya and Rwanda will battle for pride when they meet in a CAF second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Nyayo National Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 15:00 CAT.

Both East African nations have yet to register a win after five rounds of Group E matches and head into the final round of fixtures having already been eliminated out of the running for World Cup qualification.

Mali booked their spot in the play-offs with a 3-0 win over Rwanda earlier this week after second-placed Uganda could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Kenya in Entebbe.

Kenya head into Monday’s fixture in Nairobi having accumulated three points from five matches. The Harambee Stars drew home and away against Uganda, but back-to-back defeats against Mali in October ended their Qatar 2022 hopes.

Amavubi’s solitary point from their allotted fixtures came against Kenya in the reverse fixture back in September. Michael Olunga and Abdul Rwatubyaye scored for Kenya and Rwanda respectively in Kigali.

The match will reportedly be Kenya head coach Engin Firat’s final match in charge of the Harambee Stars. He is set to leave his role at the expiry of his two-month contract, having only taken over the reins in late September.

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