Uganda Cranes Stop Burundi To Storm Cecafa Cup Quarters

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Substitute Frank Kalanda netted a 69th minute goal to ensure the Uganda Cranes beat Burundi 1-0 to qualify for the quarter finals at the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia.

Substitute Frank Kalanda netted a 69th minute goal to ensure the Uganda Cranes beat Burundi 1-0 to qualify for the quarter finals at the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia.


The Burundi side stood firm at the Hawassa Stadium in the first half, but a tactical withdraw of midfielder Muzamil Mutyaba for Kalanda worked the magic.


After starting with a shocking 2-0 loss to defending champions on Sunday the Cranes responded with a 4-0 win over Zanzibar before winning today with another victory to lead group B with six points.


The Cranes will now face guest side Malawi on Monday in the first quarter final game of the tournament. Coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic said he is using the tournament to prepare the team for the 2016 Africa Nations Championship to take place in Rwanda.


Hosts Ethiopia will face tricky Tanzania side in the last game of the group stage later today.


On Friday South Sudan and Rwanda joined Malawi and Tanzania in the quarter finals. The South Sudan team made history making it to the last eight for the first time after beat Malawi 2-0 at the Bahir Dar Stadium to lead Group C.


James Joseph Saeed Moga gave them an early lead before Bruno Martinez got his second of the tournament at the stroke of full time.


Rwanda also made it to the last eight when they humbled Somalia 3-0 at the Hawassa Stadium. Yussufu Habimana, Jacques Tuyisenge and Hegman Ngomirakiza scored for Rwanda.


There was an upset in Group B when bottom placed Zanzibar stopped defending champions Kenya 3-1 at the Hawassa Stadium. Suleiman Kasim Suleiman netted a brace, while Khamis Mcha scored the other for Zanzibar. Jacob Keli netted a late goal for Kenya. But after Uganda's win on Saturday, Kenya also qualified for the quarters because of a better goal difference than Burundi who also finished with four points.