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Cecafa semis: Personal battles between Appiah, Nuttal, Hall and Ssimbwa

An expected tight match will be that of Kenya champions Gor Mahia facing dark horses Khartoum National Club under Ghana World Cup coach James Kwesi Appiah


2015 Cecafa Kagame Cup:

Fixtures:

Friday, July 31:

Semi finals:

1.30pm: Gor Mahia (Kenya) v Khartoum National Club (Sudan)

3.45pm: Kampala Capital City Authority (Uganda) v Azam (Tanzania Mainland)

Results:

Quarter finals:

Wed, July 29:

Azam (Tanzania Mainland) 5 [0-0] 3 pen Young Africans (Tanzania Mainland)

(Scorers: Azam – 10. Tchetche Kipre, 19. John Bocco, 23. Hamid Mao, 5. Serge Pascal Wawa, 13. Aggrey Morris; Yanga – 2. Salum Telela, 23. Nadir Haroub, 19. Godfrey Mwashuya. Missed – 20. Hajji Mwinyi)

Al Ahly Shandy (Sudan) 0-3 Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)

(Scorers: 23. Joseph Ochaya, 10. Muzamiru Mutyaba, 7. Tom Masiko)

Tue, July 28:

 APR (Rwanda) 0-4 Khartoum National Club (Sudan)

(Scorers: 10. Dominic Abui 10’; 8. Amin Ibrahim 20’, 39’; 7. Salaheldin Osman 80’)

Gor Mahia (Kenya) 2-1 Al Malakia (South Sudan)

(Scorers: Gor Mahia – 02. Godfrey Walusimbi 2’, 22’; 11. Al Malakia – 11. Thomas Jacob Mathew 64’)

THE semi-final stage of the Cecafa Kagame Cup boils down to a nervy contest between four ambitious coaches, the fifth in the category, Dutchman Hans van der Pluijm having been tossed out on Wednesday evening.

“It was painful to go out that way,” said Pluijm the man in charge of Dar es Salaam giant Young Africans who threw the country into virtual mourning after being eliminated 5-3 on post match penalties by city rivals Azam in an epic quarter final at the National Stadium.

Huge gap

The focus is on the coaches now. And mostly because, a World Cup tactician, Ghanaian James Kwesi Appiah, has proved there is a vast gap in expertise between regional football and at the top of the world. Pundits credit the phenomenal performance of relative minnows Khartoum National Club to the Ghanaian. Appiah took Ghana to the Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil and among his accomplishments were holding the world champions, Germany to a 1-1 draw.

Kenya champions, Gor Mahia come up against Appiah’s team and their coach, Scotsman Frank Nuttal, must have a clever plan to outwit the Ghanaian in Friday’s opening semi-final, kick –off 1.30pm. “We have done that [planned],” said Gor’s organising secretary David Kilo, at the teams’ briefing in the organisers’ hotel on Thursday morning.

Passionate

The team manager Jolawi Abondo exuded calmness saying Gor Mahia were happy in the tournament and looked forward to all the best. “It’s a very enjoyable event. We love it and appreciate the wonderful organisation. God bless Cecafa.”

Azam stunned the passionate Young Africans supporters on Wednesday by winning the do-or-die clash whose tempo was unbelievable. It was marked by speed and crunching tackles which left the two sides energy-sapped after a 0-0 draw in normal time. Azam were sharp, converting their five penalties and when Yanga missed their fourth, several spectators, including female, fainted in the stadium.

Over the moon

Coach Stewart Hall said Azam “had arrived” on the top stage of Tanzanian football and no longer lived under shadows of traditional city big gun rivals Yanga and Simba, the all-time leading winners of the Cecafa title who are not in this tournament. But present were thousands of their supporters who are rooting for Azam’s success and on Wednesday were over the moon when Azam eliminated “old enemies” Yanga.

“My men now love to take on Yanga and Simba,” said Hall in a post-match Press conference on Wednesday, “I could not ask for more in making them motivated. Today it was a battle not for the fainthearted. Yanga gave it their all and I am glad we stood.”

Aim

Azam face Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] in the second semi on Friday. Sam Ssimbwa, coach of the Ugandans who comprehensively beat Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy 3-0 in the quarters said: “Our aim was to come here and win the trophy. There are very good teams left, we respect them but fear none.”

Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye said this year’s edition of the championship was the “best ever in terms of play quality, entertainment and display of professionalism of coaches and players. We are extremely happy with the clubs and would urge them to maintain or better these standards.”

Under-17

The Cecafa Executive Committee also met on Wednesday night, including members who joined earlier in the day and among the things discussed were the staging an Under-17 boys’ championship in Uganda at the beginning of December and the hosting by Ethiopia of the Challenge Cup for the 12-member national men’s soccer teams.

The Cecafa Executive Committee meeting comprised Chairman Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania), Vice-chairman Lawrence Mulindwa (Uganda), Tariq Atta (Sudan), Abdulqani Said Arab (Somalia) and Musonye.

 

                                   TOP SCORERS
                               PRELIMINARY STAGE
NO NAME TEAM GOALS
19 MICHAEL OLUNGA GOR MAHIA 4
7 SALAH ELDIN OSMAN BILAL KHARTOUM-N 3
16 MALIMI BUSUNGU YANGA 3
10 TCHETCHE KIPRE AZAM 3
19 JOHN BOCCO AZAM 2
24 MOHAMED AWAD MARGHANI AL SHANDY 2
10 ANTHONY SIMON MATEO KMKM 2
10 EID MUGADAM ABAKAR AHLY SHANDY 2
16 NAHIMANA ABDOUL AZIZ LLB AFC 2
19 OUSMAILA BABA KHARTOUM-N 2
17 AMISI TAMBWE YANGA 2
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                       STANDINGS
                    
GROUP ‘A’
TEAM P W L D GF GA GD PTS
1 GOR MAHIA 4 3 0 1 9 4 5 10
2 YANGA 4 3 1 0 7 2 5 9
3 KHARTOUM-N 4 2 1 1 8 3 5 7
4 KMKM 4 1 3 0 3 7 -4 3
5 TELECOM 4 0 4 0 1 12 -11 0
GROUP ‘B’
TEAM P W L D GF GA GD PTS
1 APR 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
2 AHLY SHANDY 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
3 LLB AFC 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
4 HEEGAN 3 0 2 1 2 5 -3 1
GROUP ‘C’
NO TEAM P W L D GF GA GD PTS
1 AZAM 3 3 0 0 8 0 8 9
2 KCCA 3 2 1 0 2 1 1 6
3 AL MALAKIA 3 1 2 0 2 4 -2 3
4 ADAMA CITY 3 0 3 0 1 8 -7 0

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2015 CECAFA KAGAME CUP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP:

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Karume Stadium, National Stadium)

JULY 18- AUGUST 2

Teams & Fixtures

 GROUP ‘A’                                             GROUP ‘B’                              GROUP ‘C’

Young Africans – (TZ Mainland)    APR – (Rwanda)                     Azam – (TZ Mainland)

Gor Mahia – (Kenya)                            Al Ahly Shandy – (Sudan)    Al Malakia – (South Sudan)

Telecom – (Djibouti)                            LLB AFC – (Burundi)        Adama City – (Ethiopia)

KMKM – (Zanzibar)                               Heegan – (Somalia)               KCCA – (Uganda)

Khartoum National – (Sudan)

Method of qualification: Group ‘A’ 1, 2, 3; Group ‘B’ 1, 2; Group ‘C’ 1, 2 and best loser of Gp ‘B’ and ‘C’ qualify to quarter finals

DATE TEAMS GROUP VENUE TIME
Sat, July 18 1 KMKM 1-0 Telecom A Karume 4.00pm
2 APR 1-0 Ahly Shandy B National Std 2.00pm
3 Yanga 1-2 Gor Mahia A National Std 4.00pm
Sun, Jul 19 4 LLB AFC 0-0 Heegan B Karume 4.00pm
5 Adama City 1-2 Al Malakia C National Std 2.00pm
6 Azam 1-0 KCCA C National Std 4.00pm
Mon, Jul 20 7 Telecom 0-5 Khartoum-N A National Std 2.00pm
8 Gor Mahia 3-1 KMKM A National Std 4.00pm
 Tue, Jul 21 9 Al Ahly Shandy 2-2 LLB AFC B National Std 2.00pm
10 Heegan 0-2 APR B Karume 4.00pm
11 Al Malakia 0-2 v Azam C National Std 4.00pm
 Wed, Jul 22 12 Khartoum-N 2-1 KMKM A National Std 4.00pm
13 KCCA 1-0 Adama City C Karume 2.00pm
14 Telecom 0-3 Yanga A National Std 4.00pm
Thur, Jul 23 15 Heegan 2-3 Ahly Shandy B National Std 2.00pm
16 APR 2-1 LLB AFC B National Std 4.00pm
Fri, Jul 24 17 Khartoum-N 1-1 Gor Mahia A National Std 2.00pm
18 KMKM 1-2 Yanga A National Std 4.00pm
 Sat, Jul 25 19 KCCA 1-0 Al Malakia C National Std 2.00pm
20 Adama City 0-5 Azam C National Std 4.00pm
 Sun, Jul 26 21 Gor Mahia 3-1 Telecom A National Std 2.00pm
22 Yanga 1-0 Khartoum-N A National Std 2.00pm
Mon, Jul 27 REST DAY
Tue, Jul 28 QUARTER FINALS
23 APR 0-4 KHARTOUM-N 01.45pm
24 GOR MAHIA 2-1 AL MALAKIA 04.15pm
Wed, Jul 29 25 AL AHLY SHANDY 0-3 KCCA 01.45pm
26 AZAM 5 [0-0] 3 pen YANGA 04.15pm
Thu, Jul 30  REST DAY
Fri, Jul 31  SEMI FINALS
 28 GOR MAHIA v KHARTOUM-N TBD
 27 KCCA v AZAM 26  TBD
Sat, Aug 1  REST DAY
 Sun, Aug 2 2930 3rd place -off, FINAL
Loser 27
v Loser 28Winner 27 v Winner 28