Cranes record win over Eritrea

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Stephen Bengo opened the scoring with a free-kick from 30-yards four minutes before halftime following a foul on striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Sserunkuma then stretched the Cranes lead further with an individual goal eight minutes into second half. It was his 15th goal for the national team in less than 20 matches.

The introduction of Ceasar Okhuti put more pressure on the Eritrea defence and it was no surprise when he laid the ball on for winger Dan Wagaluka to score the third goal in the 68th minute.

The Cranes should have scored more goals, but Bengo’s free-kick hit the crossbar, Okhuti’s scorcher went wide, while defender Joseph Owino’s header hit the up-right and bounced back into play.

But the Cranes’ Hungarian coach Laszlo Csaba was satisfied with the performance.

“It was a good performance by the boys and we are now looking forward to playing Tanzania or Kenya in the next stage,” Csaba said.

Csaba also praised the impact of striker Okhuti.

“Okhuti was not fit to start so I reserved him for the last 30 minutes, but I’m happy with his performance. Sserunkuma and Bengo both had good games.”

Eritrea head coach Berhane Rezene, who was talking big on arrival, was speechless after the final whistle.

“My players did not play to their ability, but we learn from such mistakes. But I wish the Cranes the best of luck,” Rezene, who has been in charge of the team for only 16 days, said.

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