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Rwanda teams in quarter-finals
The Ethiopians were rattled by Rwanda Team A
The Ethiopians were rattled by Rwanda Team A
By BBC Sport Online's Helen Vesperini in Kigali

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The two Rwandan teams recorded draws in the weekend's matches but still reached the quarter-finals, to the delight of the home fans.

Rwanda B drew with Ethiopia 1-1, while Rwanda A battled Kenya to a 0-0 scoreline in the final group matches.

So, in the quarter-final pairings, Rwanda B face Tanzania while Kenya will play Eritrea.

Then, Rwanda A entertain defending champions Uganda, and Burundi will take on Ethiopia.

But it was the Rwanda B versus Ethiopia match that really got the home fans on a high.

Ethiopia intimidated the hosts with a well-co-ordinated play and took the lead through Bayou Mulu in the 35th minute.

The home fans, who had been silenced by the goal, then raised the roof in support of their side.

Early in the second half, they were rewarded.

Fabisch off

Jimmy Gatete, who plays professional football in Europe, grabbed the equaliser and the fans went wild with jubilation.

Fabisch got a red card
Fabisch got a red card

The stadium was packed to the rafters as gate fees were not charged for both matches.

"We're happy we got the draw," Cesar Kayizari, chairman of the Rwandan football federation, told BBC Sport Online afterwards.

"Many people thought Ethiopia were going to beat us."

Ethiopian coach Asrat Haile said his boys were intimidated by the vocal support from the home fans.

On Tuesday's quarter-final against Burundi, Haile said: "We'll try our best."

The highlight of the second match, in which several scoring chances were missed, was the sending off of Kenya's German coach Reinhard Fabisch.

He was banished to the terraces after quarrelling with the match commissioner.

Rwanda's coach, Ratomir Dujkvic, said he was satisfied with the result but not the quality of play.

"I would have liked to see more control of the ball and not the long balls."

See also:

29 Nov 01 |  Africa
Uganda defend Cecafa title
12 Dec 01 |  Africa
Tanzania reach quarter-finals
14 Dec 01 |  Africa
Cecafa quarter-finals decided
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