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Kenya down Tanzania Mainland in Challenge Cup opener

2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP

(Kampala, December 7-22)

Results:

Sunday, Dec 8 (Lugogo Stadium):

Kenya 1-0 Tanzania Mainland Gp ‘B’

(20 Hassan Abdalla 5′)

Sudan 1-1 Zanzibar Gp ‘B’

(Montasir Osman 90’; Makame Hamisi Musa 55’)

Results:

Saturday Dec 7:

Uganda 2-1 Burundi Gp ‘A’

(Bright Anukani 8′,  Fahad Bayo 21′; Cedric  Rurasenga 60′)

Djibouti 0-0 Somalia Gp ‘A’

Group ‘A’:

  • Uganda
  • Burundi
  • Djibouti
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea

Group ‘B’:

  • Kenya (Defending champions)
  • Tanzania Mainland
  • Zanzibar
  • Sudan

*Absent: Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and (invited guests), DR Congo

HASSAN Abdalla had an early strike for Kenya as Harambee Stars beat Tanzania Mainland 1-0 on Sunday on their opening match at the 2019 Cecafa Challenge Cup football. In the early afternoon start for the Group ‘B’ double-header, Sudan and Zanzibar drew 1-1.

Makame Hamisi Musa gave the Tanzanians from the Zanzibar Island the lead in the 55th minute but that was cancelled at the death by a Montasir Osman goal for Sudan in the 90th minute.

Top: Hassan Abdalla (20) on his knees celebrating his goal for Harambee Stars at Lugogo Stadium. Above: Kenneth Muguna (10) goes past Miraj Athuman (7) of Tanzania Mainland

Top: Hassan Abdalla (20) on his knees celebrating his goal for Harambee Stars at Lugogo Stadium. Above: Kenneth Muguna (10) goes past Miraj Athuman (7) of Tanzania Mainland

Kenya opened forcefully against Kilimanjaro Stars and for the goal, it was a lightning exchange which culminated with Kenya entering the box and Kenneth Muguna laying on a great pass for Abdalla who finished superply. He defied the last defensive legs firing hard and low to the far right of Mainland ‘keeper Aish Manula.

Mainland coach Juma Mgunda said his team had no choice than to beat both Zanzibar and Djibouti for maximum points so that they could reach the semi-finals. “Our aim was to beat Kenya but after a hard match who came off with nothing. But there is all to play for and we aim to progress.”

On Saturday, Uganda beat Burundi 2-1 while Djibouti and Somalia drew 0-0 to open this year’s nine-team tournament will have its preliminary stage matches of two groups taking place on the synthetic turf of the small ground in Lugogo owned by Uganda Premier League (UPL) club Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). The larger Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala suburbs, Namboole, will be used at some stage.

The Djibouti and Somalia goalless draw opened the tournament — hit by the no-shows of three member countries and a proposed guest – but during the second match on the card, Uganda, the most successful team in this event whose roots date back to 1926, showed entertaining football against a fighting Burundi.

Harambee Stars striker Oscar Wamalwa (left) and Mohammed Hussein of Kilimanjaro Stars face each other at Lugogo

Harambee Stars striker Oscar Wamalwa (left) and Mohammed Hussein of Kilimanjaro Stars face each other at Lugogo

The Cranes started with much fire and got the ball past the Burundi ‘keeper inside two minutes but the assistant referee raised his flag for an offside. But the Ugandans surged forward to deservedly take the lead in the eighth minute, Bright Anukani heading past Fabien Mutombora in Burundi goal.

Anukani turned provider in the 21st minute to set up Fahad Bayo who beat his  UPL club Vipers teammate Mutombora with a low finish.

After the break John Revita was blown for handling in the Cranes’ box and Cedric Rusarenga, in the 15th minute, scored the penalty past Charles Lukwago to give Burundi a comeback chance.

Djibouti: Fought out 0-0 draw with Somalia

Djibouti: Fought out 0-0 draw with Somalia at Lugogo on Saturday

However, the Cranes Allan Okello and Bayo were denied by the post while Viane Ssekajjugo saw his effort fly over the bar among the chances missed by the hosts who held on to win 2-1 and go top of Group ‘A’ on match day one.

KENYA – 18 Samuel Odhiambo: 2 Samuel Olwande, 16 David Owino, 5 Johnstone Omurwa, 4 Joash Onyango, 8 Lawrence Juma, 15 Kevin Kimani, 14 Anthony Wambani, 10 Kenneth Muguna, 9 Oscar Wamalwa, 20 Hassan Abdallah

Reserves: 1 Timothy Odhiambo (gk): 6 Andrew Juma, 19 Daniel Sakari,12 Roy Okal, 7 Musa Masika, 3 Cliffton Miheso, 17 Moses Mudavadi, 13 Whyvone Isuza, 11 Timothy Otieno

Coach: Francis Kimanzi (Kenya)

TANZANIA MAINLAND – 18 Aish Manula: 17 Mwaita Gereza, 15 Mohammed Hussein, 6 Bakari Mwamnyeto, 5 Kelvin Yondan, 20 Jonas Mkude, 16 Cleophas Mkandala, 19 Mzamiru Yassin, 9 Paul Nonga, 14 Lukas Kikoti, 7 Miraji Athuman

Reserves – 1 David Mapigano (gk),  13 Matecha Mnata, 12 Juma Abdul, 2 Gadiel Michael, 4 Baraka Majogoro, 11 Hassan Dilunga, 8 Eliuter Mpepo, 10 Ditram Nchimbi, 3 Nickson Kibabage

Coach: Juma Mguda (Tanzania)

KENYA 2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP SQUAD:

(All Kenyan clubs unless stated)

Goalkeepers:

Timothy Odhiambo  – (Ulinzi Stars)

Samuel Odhiambo  – (Western Stima)

Defenders:

Johnstone Omurwa – (Wazito)

Joash Onyango – (Gor Mahia)

Daniel Sakari – (Kariobangi Sharks)

Andrew Juma – (Mathare United)

David Owino – (Mathare United)

Samuel Olwande – (Kariobangi Sharks)

Midfielders:

Anthony Wambani – (Vasalunds IF, Sweden)

Roy Okal – (Mathare United)

Kenneth Muguna – (Gor Mahia)

Musa Masika – (Wazito)

Abdallah Hassan – (Bandari)

Moses Mudavadi  – (Kakamega Homeboyz)

Lawrence Juma – (Gor Mahia)

Whyvone Isuza – (AFC Leopards)

Kevin Kimani – (Mathare United)

Cliffton Miheso – (Gor Mahia)

Forwards:

Oscar Wamalwa – (Ulinzi Stars)

Timothy Otieno – (Tusker)

Coach: Francis Kimanzi (Kenya)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

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