Tanzania bounced back from a heartbreaking 9-2 defeat to Algeria in the second round of World Cup qualifiers with a 4-0 win against Somalia in the ongoing Cecafa tournament in Ethiopia.
A brace from John Bocco and Elias Maguli was all the Kilimanjaro Stars needed to take control of Group 'A' with a superior goal difference, and give the technical bench a sigh of relief after the 7-0 rout away to Algeria.
Hosts Ethiopia started on a wrong note falling to Rwanda on Saturday in another Group 'A' match. It was a match which was well attended with Rwanda proving that they were no pushovers in the annual tournament.
With the sides missing chances, it took a individual brilliance from Jacques Tuyisenge in the 53rd minute, who released a fierce shot past Ethiopia’s Abel Mamo to hand Paul Kagame’s charges all the three points.
In a Group 'B' opener, Burundi needed a Didier Kavumbagu goal to seal all the three points and condemn the islanders to their first defeat. Zanzibar will now look forward to redeem themselves against Uganda with Burundi tackling Kenya in the next fixtures.
Defending champions Kenya showed their intentions after defeating their fierce rivals Uganda Cranes 2-0 to take the lead in Group 'B'. The Cranes, who revolved around new players, were no match to the excellent Kenyan side.
Jacob Keli and Michael Olunga scored the goals for Harambee Stars to give Bobby Williamson a perfect start against his former side.