Sserumaga stars as Uganda open with win

Mike Sserumaga created the first goal and scored the second as 11-time champions Uganda defeated Zanzibar 2-1 Friday on the opening day of the 2011 CECAFA Challenge Cup in Tanzania.

Sserumaga from leading Ethiopian club Saint Georges crossed for Dan Wagaluka to head past Ali Mwadini three minutes before half-time at the National Stadium in capital city Dar es Salaam.

A low pass from the left split open the Cranes defence at the start of the second half and Ali Badru evaded Isaac Isinde before firing past Iceland-based goalkeeper Abel Dhaira to equalise.

Substitute Sula Matovu and Emmanuel Okwi were involved in the build-up to the decisive goal 12 minutes from full-time with Sserumaga unleashing an unstoppable shot past Mwadini.

Burundi, who came closest to winning the annual championship when finishing second behind hosts Ethiopia seven years ago, cruised to a 4-1 triumph over Somalia in the other Group B game.

Zimbabwe were included in the tournament as last-minute replacements for Namibia and open their Group A campaign against Djibouti Sunday, a day after title holders Tanzania tackle Rwanda in the same pool.

Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi and Sudan -- all former winners of a competition whose origins date back to 1926 -- comprise Group C, which appears the most difficult to qualify from.

Teams finishing first and second in each mini-league advance to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup along with the best two third-place sides.