Kili Stars beat Zanzibar to revive Cecafa hopes

Kili Stars beat Zanzibar to revive Cecafa hopes
Henry Joseph of Tanzania Mainland (right) fights for ball with Abdulhaum Homoud of Zanzibar during their Orange Cecafa Challenge Cup at the Mumias Sports complex yesterday.Tanzania Mainland won 1-0.
By Michael Momburi,Mumias

Kilimanjaro Stars revived their hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Orange Senior Challenge Cup after beating Zanzibar Heroes 1-0 at Mumias Stadium yesterday.

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of holders Uganda on Sunday put them on the wrong footing and a slip in yesterday's clash could have sent them crashing out.

The mainland side kicked off the match with a real determination to get an early goal and after a frenetic 18 minutes, lethal striker Mrisho Ngassa planted home the solitary goal.

Kilimanjaro Stars professional player Henry Joseph engineered the move before laying a cheeky pass to Ngassa who unleashed a stupendous drive that left the Zanzibar goalie Ally Muhidin sprawling on the ground.

The Heroes then got their game together sending a series of shockwaves to their mainland counterparts in a bid to equalise, but Kili Stars defenders stood firm.

As the game progresses, both sides started committing nasty fouls, which resulted into Kiggy Makassy's yellow card in the 41st minute. He fouled Waziri Salum.

The teams went to the halftime break with Kilimanjaro Stars enjoying a wafer thin 1-0 lead.

After the resumption, dogged Zanzibar still looked dangerous and missed several clear-cut scoring chances.

Kilimanjaro Stars suffered a big blow in the 50th minute when the referee flashed a red card to Makassy for fouling Salum.

The dismissal of Makassy prompted head coach Marcio Maximo to introduce Danny Mrwanda for Mussa "Mgosi" Hassan.

Makassy becomes the second Kilimanjaro Stars player to receive the red card after Juma Nyoso was sent out in the opening match against The Cranes.

Zanzibar will be relying on Young Africans duo Abdi Kassim and Nadir Haroub , and Mtibwa Sugar's Abdulhalim Amour.

The victory puts Kilimanjaro Stars on three points, the same as Zanzibar and Uganda, but have a weaker goal difference.

In another match, Zimbabwe were forced to a 0-0 draw by Eritrea.

Meshack Maganga
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