Record champions, Uganda, exorcised the ghosts of their 2-0 defeat to Kenya in their opening match of the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup by putting four unanswered goals past 9-man Zanzibar in their second match at the Hawassa Stadium, Ethiopia on Tuesday (Nov. 24).
A brace from captain Faruk Miya had the Cranes leading 2-0 at the interval before Ssekisambu Erisa and Caesar Okhuti rounded off a comfortable win for the 13-time champions.
Uganda bossed the Islanders from the off with Miya getting his name on the scoresheet as early as the tenth minute. The highly-rated Vipers S.C. attacking midfielder doubled his side’s lead from the spot three minutes later after Ssekisambu was brought down in the box by Zanzibar keeper Ali Mwadini who earned a red card for his troubles.
His replacement, Ali Ame could not get his hand into Miya’s spot-kick.
Cranes were unable to extend their advantage for the rest of the half. They however went 3-0 up just three minutes after the breather, Ssekisambu slotting home past Ame.
Zanzibar were reduced to 9-men after Yahya Mudathir was also given his marching orders in the 75th minute. Cranes took full advantage and scored their fourth through Okhuti just three minutes later.
A further assault on Zanzibar’s goal proved fruitless but the four goals saw Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic's side bounce back from the 2-0 defeat to Kenya who they leapfrog into the first spot in Group B on goal difference although the Harambee Stars have a game in hand.
Micho had called for his side to respond to Kenya's defeat and so they did against a Zanzibar side who were second at best against the Cranes.
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