Sunday, December 8
*Zanzibar 1-1 Sudan
*Kenya Vs Burundi – 4PM
Monday, December 9
*Eritrea Vs Burundi – 1:30PM
*Somalia Vs Uganda – 4PM
Sudan struck late at the death to deny ten-man Zanzibar in an opening group B game of the 2019 CECAFA senior Challenge Cup at Lugogo.
Zanzibar were on course for a perfect start when Makame Khamis Mussa scored before the hour mark, but a late Montasir Osman Yahiya volley saw the points shared.
Makame, who scored three goals for Zanzibar in 2017 CECAFA when they lost in the final, came off the bench to score the opener when he benefited from a collision between Sudanese goalkeeper and his defender to pounce the ball across the line.
Zanzibar finished the game on borrowed time after Ahmada Ibrahim Hamada was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute and it was not a surprise when they conceded in the 90th minute.
Yahiya, another substitute on the scoresheet, chested down at the edge of the box before driving his effort past goalkeeper Ahmed Ali Suleiman.
Sudan should have taken an halftime lead but Emadeldeen Salah missed a penalty thanks to a double save by Suleiman Ahmed Ali at the hour mark.
Zanzibar’s best chance in the first stanza saw Issa Juma Mohammed’s shot deflected for a corner.
Sudan will face Kenya while Zanzibar face parent nation Tanzania on Tuesday.
Did you know?
Zanzibar is an autonomous entity and an island of Tanzania. She is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup.
Zanzibar won the CECAFA cup in 1995 when they beat Uganda in the 1995 final.
Sudan are three time winners, including a back to back win in 2008.
Zanzibar XI – Ali Ahmed Suleiman, Omar Abubaker, Haji Mwinyi, Abdallah Salum, Ali Hamad, Abdallah Faisal, Yahaya Mudathiri, Isa Juma, Makame Abdulaziz, Ibrahim Hamada, Ali Awesu
Sudan XI – Mohamed Abdallah, Ahmed Ibrahim, Rami Abdallah, Salah Emadeldeen, Awad Mohamed, Munir Younis, Mutaz Hashim, Moaiad Abdeen, Mohamed Alhaj, Bakhit Khamis