The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda/Ethiopia: Cranes in Quarters

Uganda eased into the ongoing Tusker Cecafa Cup quarters after a 1-0 win over Ethiopia, writes Moses Mugalu. It was never in doubt that Uganda would make the knockout phase of the Cecafa Cup on home soil. What was in question was the style Bobby Williamson's men would put up.

And going by the first two fixtures, it's clear they are moving in the right direction. In place of the ineffective three-pronged attack against Kenya, Williamson made the right call by dropping Hamis Kiiza for Joseph Ochaya, who proved the main difference as The Cranes enjoyed a stellar start.

In fact, it was his teasing cross after nine minutes that opened up the Ethiopian defence before Emmanuel Okwi laid the assist for Brian Umony's Cranes first goal in more than two years. Uganda had several chances to stretch the lead but the woodwork denied Umony and Henry Kalungi.

Now that The Cranes are all but assured of top spot in the Group, they are set to take on one of the third-placed qualifiers from the group phase. And going by the current form, that will most likely be Sudan or Eritrea.

Top of the table clash in group B:

In tomorrow's highlight, Burundi take on Tanzania with both teams vying for a second straight win. In the early kickoff, pointless Sudan and Sam Ssimbwa's Somalia square off with the loser bowing out should Burundi and Tanzania play to a draw.

Meanwhile, Rwanda have one foot in the quarters after their opening day 2-0 win over guests Malawi. The 2011 runners-up can seal quarterfinal place with a win over Zanzibar on Thursday.

Fixtures:

Wednesday:

Somalia v Sudan, (3pm)

Tanzania v Burundi, (6pm)

Thursday:

Malawi v Eritrea, (3pm)

Rwanda v Zanzibar, (6pm)

All live on Supersport 9East

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