Record champions, Uganda, are two steps away from winning their 14th Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup title after they comfortably beat guests Malawi 2-0 to qualify for the semifinals of the ongoing competition in Ethiopia.
A goal each from captain Farouk Miya and Caesar Okhuti gave the Cranes victory in their quarterfinal clash with Flames in a match that was played under sweltering conditions in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
Miya netted his third goal in the competition having banged a brace against Zanzibar in the group stages, powerfully heading home a cross from Joseph Ochaya six minutes into the match.
Malawi, who last won what is Africa’s oldest competition in 1988, created little to trouble Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s side who went into the break holding a 1-0 lead.
Another early goal by Uganda after the restart made Malawi’s job even more difficult. A Dennis Okot long ball found Miya on the right and the goalscorer placed the ball on Okhuti’s path and the Express FC strike squeezed the ball home at the near post to make it 2-0.
Malawi pressed for a consolation goal with Miracle Gabeya, Nelson Ngume and John Banda all having a go at goal but the Uganda defence stood firm.
Cranes return to the semis having missed out in the 2013 edition. Before that, they had qualified for eight straight semifinals since 2005, going on to win four titles.
Ethiopia edged Tanzania 4-3 on post-match penalties to also book their spot in the semis. The duo will now await on the results between reigning champions, Kenya, who come up against Rwanda on Tuesday and the Sudan Derby between South Sudan and Sudan.
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