Kampala, Uganda – Cranes of Uganda  eliminated Ethiopia 2-0 in the quarter-final of the 2012 CECAFA Challenge Cup here today.

The Cranes opened the score in the 4th minute through Geoffrey Kizito and Robert Ssentongo added a second 15 minutes into the second half.

The two teams met in the group stage, where the Ugandans won 1-0.

In the day’s other quarter-final match, Kenya beat guest team Malawi 1-0 to secure a place in the semi-final.

Veteran striker Mike Baraza scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes after half-time.

The Harambee Stars will play Zanzibar in Thursday’s semi-finals of the east and central African regional event.

Hosts and defending champions Uganda will take on Tanzania in the other semi-final.

The Harambe Stars booked their place in the last four with a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their quarter-final tie.

A goal in each half by Vietnam-based Geoffrey Kizito and Robert Ssentongo sent the Ethiopians packing.

“We are very happy to make it to the last four and hope we shall continue with the winning mentality,” said Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson who has won the regional trophy three times since taking over four years ago.