Bram Davidson is congratulated after scoring the winning goal in Friday’s match against Braeburn
Match Report by Luanga (D1)
Last Friday, the Male Rhinos (A & B Team) played their second fixture of the season against old time rivals Braeburn School Arusha. The 11 a side match took place at the UWCEA Arusha Stadium, which had been freshly cut for the opening home game of the season. Additionally, the girls’ team were also playing a fixture that same day.
Before the match, there was a tight tension in the air between both camps, with some fans predicting a narrow Braeburn victory. The first half began with a balanced flow of the game, with Thembo making key defensive interceptions and Ahmed frustrating the Braeburn defence in return. Some controversial offside decisions were made by the linesman, but otherwise the half ended with a respectable 0-0.
The second half saw more chances for the Rhinos, with Ravi straddling wide more and disorganising the Braeburn defence. Finally, a phenomenal Alfie B through-ball from the middle of the park arrived at the quick feet of Bram, who skipped past a defender and cooly finished off a 1v1 situation with the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
The frustrated Braeburn midfield were unable to respond, and tensions reached a boiling point resulted in a sending off which unfortunately put UWCEA a man down. Nevertheless, Substitutes such as Caedmon held down the defence and the Rhinos came away with a well-deserved victory, especially on UWC Day.
First 11: Al (GK), Tembo (RB), Daan (CB), Rida (LB), Campbell (LW), Bram (LCM), Brandon (CM), Sholto, (RCM), Ravi (RW), Alfie (ST), Ahmed (ST)
Subs: Lahtif (CM), Caedmon (RB), Hassan (LW), Aliraza (ST)
Unused Subs: Vasty (LB), Luanga (RW), Diyar (RB)