KAMPALA - After setting a new tournament record of five goals, Tanzanian striker Mrisho Ngasa will be the man to watch as the CECAFA quarter-finals get underway today.
Ngasa became the first player to score five goals in the ongoing in a single match when Tanzania whipped hapless Somalia 7-0 on Saturday.
"You shouldn't let him get out of sight," Rwanda Amavubi coach Milutin Sredojevic was overheard telling his players on Sunday.
Sredojevic's caution is understandable.
Mrisho, one of Tanzania's most experienced players, has besides Saturday's result had a commanding role in his side at the 36th edition of the regional competition.
Mrisho has in the process been a pain to defence lines, a fact which on Saturday made him a top contender for the golden boot.
Tanzania's quest for a fourth CECAFA title started when they beat heavyweights Sudan 2-0 before losing 1-0 to Burundi.
But in Rwanda, Tanzania face one of the tournament's most organized sides.
The Amavubi bring World Cup experience to the tournament. The team has five players who featured in the U-17 World Cup last year.
Rwanda beat Malawi 2-0 in their opening game then lost 2-1 to Zanzibar before recovering with a 2-0 win over Eritrea to top their group.
Burundi should later on in the day have an easier run when they face Zanzibar.
Burundi like Uganda won all their group matches, are playing the tournament's most attractive football.
Their skipper Seleman Ndikumana has led by example. He has emerged as one of the tournament's most impressive players with killer overlaps on the left flank.
The action shifts to Namboole tomorrow with two matches that could define this tournament.
The action will start with Kenya taking on Malawi. Later, Uganda will take on this region's sole Africa Cup of Nations representative Ethiopia.
Today: Lugogo Live on SS9E:
Rwanda v Tanzania (2pm)
Burundi v Zanzibar (4pm)
Kenya v Malawi (4pm)
Uganda v Ethiopia (7pm)