CECAFA:Tanzania bounce back as Burundi holds Zambia

Nov 30, 2010

Tanzania bounced back from the disappointment of losing their first match of the 2010 Tusker CECAFA Cup with a resounding 3-0 win over Somalia at Dar es Salaam’s National Stadium on Tuesday .

The Kilimanjaro Stars led 1-0 at the breather from a 45th minute penalty after  Somalia defender Aden Hussein Ibrahim handle the ball in the box.Henry Joseph's goal lit up the packed 70,000-seater stadium.

It wasn't until the 78th minute that John Raphael Bocco doubled lead for the home team after Somalia goalkeeper failed to clear his lines. The goal that put the final nail on Somali's coffin came in the 89th minute via a Nurdin Bakari header from Mrisho Ngasa’s cross.

The final score was a bit flattering given that Somalia displayed flashes of brilliance against the stronger Tanzania, the latter's keper Juma Kaseja forced to make several stunning saves.  Tanzanian coach Jan Poulsen was conceded that his team was under great pressure after their 0-1 defeat to Zambia.

“it was important that we win this match to restore some confidence in the team and I just wish we shall be scoring more often to be assured of doing well in this tournament.” 

In an earlier match at the venue, guests Zambia  were held to a barren by the unfancied Burundi . Though Zambia set an early tone, Burundi gave as much as they recevied in a balanced encounter.Thomas Nyirenda came close to opening the scores after weaving his way through a packed Burundi defence only to blast wide. Moments later, Simon Bwalya, shot wide with the Burundi goalmouth at his mercy.

The second half was punctuated with missed chances from both teams leaving the Zambian coach, Dario Bonettia, a dejected man. "Am very disappointed with my strikers, they wasted far too many clear-cut chances," said Bonettia.

Meanwhile, controvesial Uganda coach Bobby Williamson is stirring the hornet's nest with claims that the organizers are hatching a plot to eliminate his side from the Championships by slotting all his team's matches under Dar's scorching sun. 

"This  is  one way of exhausting my players  and I'm very disappointed", said Williamson. The same sentiment were expressed his Ethiopian counterpart Afmow Nera who appealed to organizers to consider staging some matches under floodlights.

On Wednesday, Sudan play Rwanda at as Cote D’Ivore take on Zanzibar.Rwanda beat the Ivorians 2-1 while Zanzibar beat Sudan 2-0 in their opening matches on Sunday.


Steven Omondi

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