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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 12:07 GMT
Ethiopia win Cecafa Cup
By Henok Semaegzer
BBC Sport, Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian team with the Cecafa Cup
Ethiopia beat Burundi 3-0 to win their third Cecafa Cup

Hosts Ethiopia won the Cecafa Cup for the third time on Saturday when they beat Burundi 3-0 at the Addis Ababa Stadium.

Andualem Nigussie opened the scoring for the tournament hosts as he headed home a carefully weighted free-kick from Ashenafi Girma in the 25th minute.

Cheered on by a crowd of 35,000, Ethiopia scored their second goal seven minutes later with a superb strike from Tafesse Tesffaye.

Burundi were unable to get control of the midfield and four minutes after half-time, Anteneh Alamirew sealed the Ethiopian victory with a shot from outside the area.

Anteneh's goal marked the start of the celebrations as the Ethiopian fans lit torches and set off fireworks.

"This is a team that has not worked together for two weeks - and we won the title," Ethiopia coach Asrat Haile said.

"This shows that there is hope for Ethiopian football if enough attention is given to it."

The winners collected US$35,000 while Burundi picked up US$20,000.

The competition's sponsor Ethiopian businessman Sheik Al-Amoudi added an extra US$6,000 bonus for each member of the winning team.

In the third-place play-off, Sudan beat Kenya 2-1 thanks to two goals from Haytaham Kamal in response to John Barasa's strike.

2004 Cecafa Cup
11 Dec 04 |  African

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