CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP: Derby Day as Zanzibar face Tanzania
The Zanzibar Heroes will this afternoon battle Tanzania in a Group B game at the on-going CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda.
It is a true derby for the two sides as they chase points to be able to qualify for the knock out stage. Zanzibar started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Sudan, while Tanzania suffered a 1-0 defeat to the defending champions Kenya.
But before the Zanzibar team line-up for the second match, Kenya will be all out to try and pick maximum points against Sudan to qualify for the semi final.
Zanzibar coach Suleiman Ali Hemed made it clear that although they will miss the services of Ibrahim Hamada Ahmada who was sent off in the game against Sudan, they have other players who can take up the task.
“Facing Tanzania is always a tough match because the players of the two teams know each other well enough. But we have prepared well and are looking forward to try and collect three wins,” added the coach.
The Heroes will also hope that the attack of Makame Abdulaziz Makame, Ali Awesu Awesu fine their scoring touch together with the command skipper Addas Yahaya Mudathiri.
But Tanzania’s coach Juma Mgunda made it clear that they have no other alternative but to win against Zanzibar. “We cannot afford to suffer defeat again since we lost the opening match to Kenya. My players are hungry to prove a point although we know it will be a tough game,” said Mgunda.
The Tanzanian team will look to the experience of Kelvin Patrick Yondani and Jonas Gerald Mkunde to find the goals.
During the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup played in Kenya, the Zanzibar Heroes edged Tanzania 2-1 in a Group game.
Group B standing
P W D L GF GA A Pts
Kenya 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Sudan 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Zanzibar 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Tanzania 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0