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Uganda beats ‘stubborn’ Zanzibar 2-1

Group B results: Burundi 4 Vs  Somalia 1, Uganda 2 Vs  Zanzibar 1

Today (Group A) Tanzania Vs Rwanda

UgandanCranes Coach Bobby Williamson (right) and Zanziba head coach shortly after the last whistle

Zanzibar head coach Mohamed Hemed Morocco confessed that it was unfortunate for his team to kick off the Cecafa Challenge Cup tournament against Uganda, a team he described as being widely experienced.

On the other side, the Cranes Head coach Bobby Williamson was all praises for his side to have registered the maximum points against their ‘stubborn’ opponents. “We dominated the game and we deserved the win.

I congratulate my players” said the Scottish tactician shortly after the last whistle. Uganda won the game 2-1 to go second on the table after Burundi walloped lowly ranked Somalia 4-1 in the first group match.

Uganda took the lead in the 41st minute when Dan Wagaluka beautifully connected a cross to beatthe Zanzibar goalkeeper Ali Mwadini. The first half ended i-0 with Uganda dominating the game.  Ali Badru Ali levelled just two minutes after half time to throw the Tanzanian fans into jubilations but Mike Serumaga finished off Zanzibar’s defence splitting attack, making it 2-1 in the 77th minute. He took a hard shot into the right corner of the net that left Mwadin Ali Mwadin mentally disturbed. Sserumaga had in the 71st minute had his hard shot hit the right goal post to deny him an early goal.

Garvis Munyenziza was in charge of the Uganda match

Uganda’s Captain Andy Mwesigwa walked off with a yellow card for tackling Abdulghan Gulam in the 74th minute. Rwandese Referee Garvis Munyenziza officiated the Ugandan game with Idam Mohammed (Sudan) and Brazan Mamati (Kenya) as his assistants.

Oloya Moses came in for goal scorer and APR player Dan Wagaluka in the 83 minute but his impact was little seen on the pitch. Defending champions Tanzania Mainland have arduous task at the beginning of their campaign this Saturday to retain the title when they play Rwanda in the only fixture today.

Serumaga scored the winner against Zanzibar

Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema will be in charge of the game that is expected to attract a mammoth crowd. Hassan Egueh From Djibouti and Uganda’s Mark Sonko are lined up as assistants.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, a passionate fan of football at any level, was  surprise attendant on the opening day, arriving to watch the entire Uganda-v Zanzibar encounter.

The Kenyan PM was welcomed into the stadium by Cecafa President, Leodegar Tenga and the organisation’s General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye. On Thursday, the Cecafa Congress took place here in Dar es Salaam and Tenga was elected to lead the 11-member Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations, for another four-year term. Musonye was endorsed to continue in the un-elective Chief Executive Officer position for the same period. FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa attended the congress.

(By Rogers Mulindwa, In Dar es salaam)

TEAMS: UGANDA – 1. Abby Dhaira: 14. Andrew Mwesigwa, 17. Simeon Masaba, 15. Geoffrey Walusimbi, 5. Isaac Isinde, 6. Tony Mawejje, 12. Dan Wagaluka (13. Moses Oloya, 83’), 8. Mike Serumaga, 20. Patrick Ochan, 7. Emmanuel Okwi (9. Robert Sentongo, 79’), 10. Mike Mutyaba (11. Sula Matovu, 72’)

Reserves not used – 18. Robert Odongkara, 16. Kiiza Hamis, 2. Musa Mudde, 4. Henry Kalungi

Scorers – 12. Dan Wagaluka (41’), 8. Mike Serumaga (77’)

ZANZIBAR – 18. Ali Mwadini: 13. Nadir “Canavaro” Haroub (Captain), 20. Juma Othuman Mmanga, 3. Othuman Omar Tamim, 15. Aggrey Morris, 10. Abdul Halim Homoud, 7. Seleiman Kassim, 14. Abdulghani Gulam, 16. Ali Badru Ali (12. Makame Hamadi, 62’), 6. Waziri Salum (19. Mcha Khamis, 47’), 17. Ali Mkanga

Reserves not used – 1. Abbas Nassor, 4. Ismail Khamis, 2. Mohammed Abdulhalim, 9. Jaku Juma Jaku, 5. Ali Hamza Omar.

Scorer – 16. Ali Badru Ali (46’)

Coach – Mohamed Hemed Morocco

Referee – Davies Omweno (Kenya)


Friday, November 25:

1. 2.00pm: Burundi 4-1 Somalia, Gp ‘B’

2. 4.00pm: Uganda 2-1 Zanzibar, Gp ‘B’

Saturday, Nov 26:

3. 4.00pm: Tanzania v Rwanda, Gp ‘A’

Sunday, Nov 27:

4. 2.00pm: Zimbabwe v Djibouti, Gp ‘A’

5. 4.00pm: Zanzibar v Burundi, Gp ‘B’

Monday, Nov 28:

6. 2.00pm: Sudan v Ethiopia, Gp ‘C’

7. 4.00pm: Kenya v Malawi, Gp ‘C’

8. 4.00pm: Somalia v Uganda, Gp ‘B’ [Azam FC Stadium, Chamazi]

Tuesday, Nov 29:

9. 2.00pm: Rwanda v Zimbabwe, Gp ‘A’

10. 4.00pm: Djibouti v Tanzania, Gp ‘A’

Wednesday, No 30:

11. 2.00pm: Ethiopia v Kenya, Gp ‘C’

12. 4.00pm: Malawi v Sudan, Gp ‘C’

Thursday, December 1:

13. 2.00pm: Somalia v Zanzibar, Gp ‘B’

14. 4.00pm: Burundi v Uganda, Gp ‘B’

Fri, Dec 2:

15. 2.00pm: Rwanda v Djibouti, Gp ‘A’

16. 4.00pm: Ethiopia v Kenya, Gp ‘C’

Sat, Dec 3:

17. 2.00pm: Kenya v Sudan, Gp ‘C’

18. 4.00pm: Tanzania v Zimbabwe, Gp ‘A’

Sun, Dec 4: R E S T D A Y


Mon Dec 5:

19. C2 v B2

20. A1 v Best Loser 1

Tue, Dec 6:

21. C1 v Best Loser 2

22. B1 v A2

Wed, Dec 7: R E S T D A Y


Thur, Dec 8:

23. Winner 19 v Winner 20

24. Winner 21 v Winner 22

Fri, Dec 9: R E S T D A Y

Sat, Dec 10:

BRONZE MEDAL: Loser 23 v Loser 24

FINAL: Winner 23 v Winner 24

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