Tanzania played one of their best matches in recent times to outclass Somalia 7-0 in their last Group ‘B’ fixture of the Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup staged at the Lugogo Indoor stadium in Kampala, Uganda.
In the second match staged at the same venue,Rwanda hammered Eritrea 2-0 with goals coming from Daddi Birori who headed home a 18th minute cross form Jean Claude Iranzi before Tumaine Ntamuhanga extended his team’s lead in the 82nd minute after beating the offside trap to plant the ball past Eritrea custodian Fitsum Kelat.
Tanzania Taifa Stars men gave their opponents no space to breathe with man of the match Mrisho Ngassa netting a record five goals and providing assists in the other two goals…Stars custodian Juma Kaseja was never tasted and was truly enjoying himself between the posts.
Ngasa also scored perhaps the fastest goal in the tournament barely after 48 seconds after receiving a through pass from Salum ‘Sure Boy” Abubakar.
Encouraged, Taifa Stars went for the kill scoring the second after 25 minutes when Ngassa headed home Domayo Raymond corner.
Towering John Bocco who play’s for Mtibwa FC headed home Issa Rashid cross for the third goal in the 27th minute before Bocco yet again scored the fourth goal with a rasping shot from Ngassa cross for a 4-0 half time lead.
After resumption, Taifa Stars took from where they left with Ngassa completing the scoring tally with three more goals in the 46th, 73rd and 74th minute respectively.
At Wankulukuku Stadium in Kampala, Burundi edged out Sudan 1-0 while Malawi trounced Zanzibar 2-0 at the same venue.
Following Saturday’s matches, Rwanda will face off with Tanzania in the first quarter final set for 2pm while Burundi will take on Zanzibar from 4pm.Both matches will be staged at the Lugogo Stadium.
The other two quarter finals will be staged at the Namboole Stadium with Kenya’s Harambee Stars locking horns with Malawi from 4pm.The match will pave way for the second tie pitting defending Champions Uganda Cranes against Ethiopia from 7 pm.