It was a rude send-off for South Sudan out of the 2012 Cecafa Tusker senior Challenge Cup as Uganda Cranes humbled them 4-0 in the last Group A tie played at Namboole Stadium on Friday night. Kenya also beat Ethiopia 3-1 to make it to the last eight.
Coach Bobby Williamson’s team made it three wins from three games with no goals conceded as they marched into the quarter finals in style. Brian Umony scored a brace to take his tally to three in the tournament, while Robert Ssentongo and Hamis Diego Kiiza also got their names on the score sheet.
Williamson, who had earlier said they needed wins and not necessarily many goals, told URN after the game it was nice to see the boys score many goals. The South Sudan coach Zoran Djordjevic, whose team leaves the tournament without scoring a single goal, said he was happy his boys had got the exposure. The Serbian born coach said the country that only got its independence in July last year, is just building a football team.
Meanwhile, after guiding Kenya to the quarter final of the tournament, Coach James Nandwa has said they are determined to bring down any team they face in the last eight.
An optimistic Nandwa said the Harambee Stars now have the winning mentality and are ready to take on any opponent after humbling Ethiopia 3-1 earlier in the day to book a place in the last eight.
The coach explained that all the players are working so hard because they are looking at making into the first team in future engagements.
The second win in Group A for Harambee Stars after their 1-0 loss to Uganda Cranes sees them qualify for the last eight which had eluded them for the last two years.
Three goals came in the first half with the enterprising Raha Salim netting the first in the 20th minute after a good cross by Mike Baraza from the left flank. Clifton Mihese made it 2-0 seven minutes later with a nice header off a corner.
But the Ethiopian who are on the brink of elimination from the tournament hit back with a goal by Elias Mamu after the Harambee Stars back-line was caught off guard.
On resumption the Ethiopians came back strongly dominating possession, but Harambee Stars stood firm. David Ochieng got his second goal of the tournament with a header in the 72nd minute after a Juma Abdalla free kick.
It is the first time the Harambee Stars make it out of the group stages in the last two years. In 2009 the Stars lost to Uganda in the final.
With Burundi already through to the last eight after two wins in Group B, Harambee Stars are now likely to face either Tanzania or Sudan in the next stage. The two teams will all be engaged in last group games later today. Sudan will be up against Burundi, while Tanzania face Somalia which is already out of the competition after losing two games.