In Summary
  • Zanzibar came from a goal down to beat neighbours Tanzania Mainland 2-1 in a tense Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup group A match played at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Thursday.
  • Himid Mao fired Tanzania Mainland ahead in the 29th minute, but a goal a piece from substitute Kassim Suleiman and Ibrahim Hamad handed the Heroes a crucial win that sails them top of the group on six points.
  • “The first half was a bit difficult for us but we came back psychologically upright to fight for the three points in the second half. The boys played to instructions and ensured they converted the chances created,” an elated Zanzibar coach Hemed Suleiman, said.

Zanzibar came from a goal down to beat neighbours Tanzania Mainland 2-1 in a tense Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup group A match played at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Thursday.

Himid Mao fired Tanzania Mainland ahead in the 29th minute, but a goal a piece from substitute Kassim Suleiman and Ibrahim Hamad handed the Heroes a crucial win that sails them top of the group on six points.

“The first half was a bit difficult for us but we came back psychologically upright to fight for the three points in the second half. The boys played to instructions and ensured they converted the chances created,” an elated Zanzibar coach Hemed Suleiman, said.

His Tanzania Mainlad counterpart Ammy Ninje was angered with his boys’ lapse in concentration which cost them.

“We started well but the boys didn’t show the kind of desire and character like the opponents especially in the second half. Football is not about skills, but the spirit and efforts you put in on the pitch. They (Zanzibar) fought to win and that’s what made the difference,” an angry Ninje said.

Ninje made two changes from the team that played to a 0-0 draw against Libya on Sunday. Himid Mao and Daniel Lyanga replaced Ibrahim Hajib and Mbaraka Abed in midfield.

Suleiman made a single change in the team that beat Rwanda 3-1 on Monday, benching Suleiman Kassim for Hamad Makame.

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