The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya/Burundi: Favourites Face Off in Search of Last Eight Slots

Group 'B' leaders Burundi and Tanzania meet today as they look to book their places in the last eight of the Cecafa Tusker Cup. Burundi laid down a marker in the tournament by holding off the spirited resistance of Somalia before whipping them 5-1 in their opening match.

Tanzania Mainland Kilimanjaro Stars also gave a good account of themselves as they edged Sudan 2-0, thanks to two quick fire goals from Azam striker John Bocco. Bocco and the Burundian duo of captain Ndikumana Selemani and Nzwarugira Christophe have two goals in the tournament so far Kilimanjaro coach Kim Poulsen was weary of the threat posed by Burundi ahead of their clash today.

"Burundi is one of the strongest teams in the tournament. They have players with good tactical and technical skills. We will have to be at our best to be able to challenge them effectively," said the Danish tactician.

The two teams are favourites to reach the knockout phase from the group. With no point so far, Somalia and Sudan meet in the other Group 'B' match today.

Somalia coached by former Sofapaka coach, Ugandan Sammy Ssibwa produced an encouraging display against Burundi and had at one time in the match with the scores at 2-1 looked likely to escape with a point before finally capitulating. Defeat for either of the two teams will mean that they bid the tourney goodbye at this early days.

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