• Burundi shocks Uganda as Somalia tumbles out

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Dec 01, 2011-

Burundi beat erstwhile leaders Uganda 1-0 to ensure they qualify top from group B of their Cecafa Tusker senior Challenge Cup on Thursday at the national stadium in Dar es Salaam ahead of the Cranes.

Amissi Cedric scored the all-important goal in the 38th minute of the match. Burundi finished unbeaten in the group with 7 points after registering two wins and a draw. They whipped Somalia 4- and were held to a barren draw by Zanzibar. Uganda finished second with 6 points.

Third-placed Zanzibar will have to wait until Group A and C complete their fixtures to know if they will qualify as one the best two third-placed teams. Burundi coached by Belgian Adel Amrouche outplayed the Cranes, especially in midfield where Pappy Faty dominated play with crisp accurate passes.

Uganda became frustrated as the clock ticked towards full-time and their Scottish coach Bobby Williamson, in a move of desperation, brought in Tonny Maweje and Moses Oloya in place of Patrick Ochan and Dan Wagaluka.

But the move failed to break the resolve of the Burundi team which held its nerves for a famous victory. Zanzibar 3 Somalia 0 Somalia's poor record at the senior challenge cup continued after the perennial whipping boys became the first team to leave the championship on Thursday.

Somalia left the competition without a point after succumbing to a 3-0 defeat to Zanzibar at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. This was their third straight loss in the competition having been beaten 4-1 by Burundi and 4-0 by Uganda in their first two matches.

Somalia were lackluster throughout the match, and it was just a question of how many goals they would concede this time. Zanzibar proved too strong for the Ocean Stars and could have won the match by a bigger margin had they converted all the chances they created.

Suleiman Kassim gave Zanzibar the lead in the 6th minute. Winger Agrrey Morris came close to extending the lead in the 32nd minute when Somalia goalkeeper Khalid Ali, let his shot slip through his fingers,only for the ball to drift off target.

After the break, Zanzibar continued with their dominance and Hamad Omar struck in the 50th minute to double the lead for the islanders. Morris wrapped up matters with a neat header from a corner kick with four minutes remaining on the clock to complete a perfect afternoon for Zanzibar.


Nesta Kizito

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