African youth championship: Djibouti and Burundi the first leg of the
African youth championship qualification Burundi has had 1-1 draw with the host
Djibouti in a hotly-contested match played at El Haji Hassan Guled National
stadium here in Djibouti on Friday.

Striker Yabeh Idriss (No 9) gave
Djiboutians a 13 minute lead when he scored the opener goal, as Djibouti was
committed to winning in the match they dominated most of the first half which
ended in 1-0 in favour of the Djiboutian youngsters.

In the early minutes of the second
half Burundi intensified their attempts to compensate for the goal, but it took
to them to score until the 76th minute of the second half when striker Kevin
Raoul (No 16) made the equalising goal for his team.

The return match is scheduled in the Burundian
capital Bujumbura on 26th of April 2014. Each of the teams needs at
least 1-0 victory in the return match to be able to go through to the second leg
to continue their struggle toward the 2015 African youth event to be hosted in

Meanwhile, President Souleiman Hassan Waberi of
Djibouti congratulated his youngsters for making high profile exhibition during
Friday’s match although they were unsuccessful to win.

“In football
matches you can expect victory, draw or defeat, but I am really happy with how
well my youngsters exhibited today and I am hopeful they will do much better in
the upcoming match in Bujumbura” President Soulaiman Hassan Waberi told CECAFA
media in Djibouti on Friday.

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
CECAFA Media Committee