CECAFA: Burundi ease past Somalia



By Reuben Olita

BURUNDI Swallows started their campaign of the GOtv CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on a high note when they beat Somalia 2-0 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Thursday.

Christophe Nduwarugira scored the first goal after 42 minutes when he beat Jibril Hassan Mohammed with a close range shot to take a 1-0 lead at the break.

Abdul Razak put the issue beyond doubt with the second goal after 54 minutes to give his team a brilliant start.

Razak who was the star attraction owing to his brilliant ball display was voted the man of the match and awarded a decoder by pay television GOtv.

Speaking in fluent Swahili, Razak said the win was a morale booster to the team and hoped they will consolidate their fairy tale in the tournament.

“It was a tough match but we struggled to register the crucial win which had added impetus ahead of our next matches against Tanzania and Zambia.

The rare rains that pounded the Sunny town 64km South East of Nairobi marred the play with the pitch becoming waterlogged.

Players found it difficult to control the ball, but Somalia which appeared to master the condition dominated the last 20 minutes, coming close to snatching a consolation goal.