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Zanzibar eye Tanzanian scalp in ‘Magufuli derby’

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Zanzibar striker Mudathir Yahya Abass celebrates scoring against Rwanda during their Cecafa Senior challenge cup 2017 ...
(FILE)Zanzibar striker Mudathir Yahya Abass celebrates scoring against Rwanda during their Cecafa Senior challenge cup 2017 at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on December 05, 2017. Zanzibar won 3-1. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/www.sportpicha.com

After getting off the mark with a 3-1 victory over Rwanda, Zanzibar will look to make it two in two Cecafa matches when they take on their Tanzanian big brothers as the Cup competition enters Day 6.

The clash at the Kenyatta Stadium will rekindle a siblings’ rivalry edged by Zanzibar Heroes in 2012 when they knocked out the Kilimanjaro Stars on post-match penalties after the macth had ended 1-1 in regulation time

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Zanzibar head coach Hemedi ‘Morocco’ Suleiman is confident his charges will overcome their mainland counterparts, despite their big brother tag.

“We don’t to take chances. We want to qualify for the semis as early as possible. If we play with determination as we did against Rwanda we can be sure of a good result.

“I know they have every reason to win this one having started with a draw against Libya but we are all here to compete,” Hemedi charged.

The coach noted their brotherhood factor will not count with Kilimanjaro Stars desperate to earn at least a point to keep alive their hopes of a semi final spot.

“Competition is like business, sonship and brotherhood come second. We will give our best and let the deserving winner be,” he said.

For Zanzibar, this marks the biggest competition they can take pride in after Confederation of African Football (CAF) withdrew their membership from the continental football body in June, barely four months after their inclusion during the ordinary assembley in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Thus, in any given CAF or FIFA competition, her players feature under the Tanzania flag.

Proper antidote

Ammy Conrad Ninje, the man in charge of Tanzania, is undeterred despite the warning fired against him.

Ninje watched Zanzibar floor 2015 finalists Rwanda, and says he has their proper antidote.

“If we were to refer to our first matches, they (Zanzibar) played well but just like we did in our opener against Libya.

“Though we did not win, we created so many unconverted scoring opportunities. That is what we must correct in all our upcoming matches,” Ninje said.

He will miss the services of Mbarak Yusuf, the only sidelined player after sustaining an injury during the Libya clash.

The match, expected to be attended by Tanzania’s ambassador to Kenya Dr. Pindi Hazara among other dignitaries, kicks off at 2:00pm, before Rwanda and Libya’s do or die fixture two hours later.

In the only Group B match of the day at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County, Ethiopia locks horns with Burundi at 4:00pm.

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TEAM SHEET

 

CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP KENYA 2017
VENUE: MACHAKOS-KENYA
DATE: 3RD -17TH DECEMBER 2017
STARTING LIST: MATCH NO: 07 GROUP STAGE
TEAM A : TANZANIA MAINLAND DATE: 07/12/2017 TEAM B : ZANZIBAR
VENUE : KENYATTA STADIUM TIME: 14:00
PLAYERS
TANZANIA MAINLAND ZANZIBAR
NO NAME/NOM         NO NAME/NOM        
18 AISHI SALUM MANULA [G]   18 MOHAMED ABDURAHMAN [G]  
4 ERASTO EDWARD NYONI   15 IBRAHIM MOH’D SAID  
2 GADIEL MICHAEL KAMAGI   16 HAJI MININYA MNGWALI  
6 KENNEDY WILLSON JUMA   13 ABDALLA SALUM KHERI  
5 KELVIN YONDAN PATRIC   8 ISSA HAIDARI DAU  
8 ABDALLAH HAMIS RIZIKI   21 ABDUL-AZIZI MAKAME HASSAN  
7 HIMID MAO MKAMI [C]   10 MUH’D ISSA JUMA  
19 MUZAMIRU YASSIN SAID   4 MUDATHIR YAHYA ABASS [C]  
12 ELIAS MRUGAU MAGURI   17 IBRAHIM HAMAD AHMADA  
9 DANIEL REUBEN LYANGA   3 FEISAL SALUM ABDALLA  
16 SHIZA RAMADHAN YAHYA   9 HAMAD MSHAMATA MAKAME
1 PETER MANYIKA PETER [G]   1 AHMED ALI SULEIMAN [G]  
22 RAMADHAN KAMBWILI [G]   20 ADEYUM AHMED SEIF  
3 BONIPHACE MARCO MAGANGA   5 ABDALLA HAJI SHAIB  
14 MOHAMED HUSSEIN   2 IBRAHIM ABDALLA HAMAD  
20 JONAS GELLARD MKUDE   19 KASSIM SULEIMAN KHAMIS  
10 IBRAHIM AJIB MIGOMBA   12 SEIF ABDALLA RASHID  
15 RAPHAEL DAUD LOTH   7 SULEIMAN KASSIM SULRIMAN  
13 ABDUL HILARY HASSAN   14 AMOUR SULEIMAN MUH’D  
21 YAHYA ZAYD OMARY   28 KHAMIS MUSSA MAKAME  
11 YOHANA OSCAR MKOMOLA   22 ABDUL-SAMAD KASSIM ALI  
23 AMAN PETER KYATA  

 

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