2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP: Nchimbi goal sinks Zanzibar
The Zanzibar Heroes put up a good display but lost 1-0 to Tanzania in a Group B match at the on-going CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup played on Tuesday in Kampala.
Ditram Nchimbi Adgan netted the lone goal after 38 minutes. Zanzibar’s goalkeeper Suleiman Ahmed Ali parried a shot back into Nchimbi path and he made no mistake slotting the ball in the next.
Zanzibar created lots of scoring chances, but finishing remains a challenge. Makame Abdulazizi Makame had a clear chance to level matters for the Zanzibar Heroes at the stroke of half time but shot wide.
In the second half Makame again had his shot miss the target as Zanzibar Heroes pushed upfront to try and get a goal. Alli Ali Hamad and Suleiman Hamis Abalkassim also had their shots at goal blocked.
Tanzania also created some decent chances, but found Zanzibar’s goalkeeper up to the task. The defeat sees the Zanzibar Heroes slip to bottom of Group B, while Kenya who beat Sudan 2-1 in the opening match have already booked a place in the semi final.
Suleiman Ali Hemed, the Zanzibar Heroes coach said he was not happy with the missed chances. “We played a good game, but again scoring was a problem. We have to try to beat Kenya now in our last group game to have any chances of making it to the knock out stage,” added the coach.
“I am happy that today we have won the match having lost the opening game. It was a tough game, but my players worked hard,” said Tanzania’s coach Juma Ngunda.
On Wednesday Burundi will face Djibouti in the opening match, while hosts Uganda battle Eritrea.
Group B standing
P W D L GF GA A Pts
Kenya 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 6
Tanzania 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
Sudan 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
Zanzibar 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1