Saturday, December 14
*Kenya 1-0 Zanzibar
*Tanzania 0-0 Sudan
Group B (As it stands)
Kenya – 9
Tanzania – 4
Sudan – 2
Zanzibar – 1
Kenya Harambee Stars beat Zanzibar 1-0 to top group A of the 2019 CECAFA senior challenge cup at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo in a game officiated by Ugandan referee Ali Sabila.
Ulinzi Stars’ towering forward Oscar Wamalwa slotted home at close range in the 48th minute for the only goal of the game on Saturday.
The game, was a repeat of 2017 CECAFA final when Kenya needed shootouts (3-2) to win after a 2-2 draw in Machakos.
Zanzibar bundles out with just a point despite playing last edition’s final.
Kenya keeps their chances of defending their title, as they target to win an eighth CECAFA senior challenge cup.
Harambee Stars, under assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno, will have Francis Kimanzi return on touchline in the semis after serving his two game ban.
Coach Zedekiah, coming into the game with his side already qualified, made changes with Andrew Juma, Daniel Sakari and Roy Okal starting.
Juma looked solid at the back and came to the rescue with a last ditch tackle when Zanzibar’s forward Ahmada Ibrahim Hamada had beaten keeper Samuel Odhiambo.
Zanzibar had a dominant first half but failed to take their chances including an off the target header when Ahmada would have scored from Mgwali Mwinyi Haji’s lofty delivery.
Mngwali also had his freekick rattle into the side-net.
Kenya’s substitute Kenneth Miguna had a chance outside the box but drove his effort way over the bar. Musa Masika was also denied by Zanzibar custodian Suleiman Ahmed Ali.
Kenya will face group A runners up.
Kenyab- Samuel Odhiambo, Samuel Olwande, David Owino, Andrew Juma, Joash Onyango, Roy Okal, Musa Masika, Daniel Sakari, Antony Wambani, Oscar Wamalwa, Hassan Abdallah
Zanzibar XI – Suleiman Ali, Omar Abubaker, Mngwali Mwinyi, Ahmada Ibrahim, Ali Hamad, Abdallah Faisal, Ali Abdulsamad, Zakaria Abdulmarik, Makame Abdulaziz, Makame Khamis, Dau Issa Haidar