New Generations FC coach praises team despite CECAFA Champions League exit
Zanzibar’s New Generations FC joined three other teams to exit the on-going CECAFA Women’s Champions League in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ali Abdumutik Haji, the New Generations FC head coach said although the team failed to make it to the knock out stage, the exposure and experience gained is very huge for the players.
“This is just the beginning and playing at such a stage means a lot for our players. We played three matches and lost all. It’s not about the defeats, but what we have learnt as a team from playing at the tournament,” added the coach.
The Zanzibar Women’s Premier League champions started their campaign with a 2-1 loss to Yei Joint Stars FC (South Sudan), before falling 10-1 to favourites Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. In the last group matches the New Generations FC fell 8-0 to Kenya’s Vihiga Queens FC.
Coach Ali Abdumutik Haji made it clear that playing more and more of these tournaments will help the players get more experience to become better players. “This is the beginning and pray that CECAFA have as many women tournaments as possible,” added the coach.
Abdallah Abdallahi Mwajuma, the New Generations FC captain made it clear that playing at this tournament has helped them get very good experience. “We go back to Zanzibar better players than we came,” added Mwajuma.
The tournament which is also a qualifier for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League will take place tomorrow with Simba Queens (Tanzania) facing Vihiga Queens (Kenya), while Commercial Bank of Ethiopia battle Uganda’s Lady Doves FC.