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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 December 2007, 16:53 GMT
Uganda demolish Djibouti in Cecafa
Uganda thrashed Djibouti 7-0 at the Cecafa Cup on Sunday

Hamis Kitagenda struck three goals as Uganda hammered Djibouti 7-0 at the Cecafa Cup tournament in Dar-es-Salaam on Sunday.

Kitagenda's first half hat-trick helped the Cranes to go top of Group B at the tournament hosted by Tanzania.

His stunning strike on 18 minutes put Uganda in the lead and he was on hand two minutes later to make it 2-0 after taking advantage of a defensive slip-up.

Kitagenda completed his hat-trick in the 37th minute after scoring from 20 yards.

The rout continued on 40 minutes when Danny Wagaluka helped himself to the fourth goal after being set up by Kitagenda.

There was still more time for Ronald Maganga to slot home Uganda's fifth before the break.

Second-half strikes by Tony Odor and substitute Vincent Kayizzi sealed the victory for the Cranes.

In the group's other game Rwanda laboured to beat underdogs Eritea 2-1, also on Sunday.

The Amavubi Stars took the lead on six minutes thanks to a strike by Haruna Niyonzima but Eritrea rallied and equalised in the 38th minute through Berhane Aregaye.

Rwanda responded almost immediately with Kamana Bokota snatching the winner two minutes later from the edge of the box.

"It was important to win this match if we have to progress well in the tournament," Rwanda deputy coach Jean Marie Ntagwabira said.

"We are happy we won because the humidity was high. We should be able to cope better in the rest of the match."

In Group C, Sudan shared the spoils with Zanzibar after the match at the Sheikh Amir Abeid Stadium in Arushaended 2-2.

Sudan took the lead ten minutes after the break through Abdil Ahmed but Ali Mkweche responded on the hour mark after connecting Nassur Masoud's cross.

Ahmed restored his side's lead with ten minutes remaining but Abdullah Juma turned hero when he drew his country level four minutes later.

The next Group C match will be on 13 December when Zanzibar play Ethiopia.

The 11-team tournament continues on Monday when Burundi take on Somalia.

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