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Wheels come off distressed Harambee Stars; slim chances of escaping shock elimination after rout by Zanzibar

Team had threatened to protest FKF treatment by boycotting match but strange fielding and obvious complacency punished by ruthless Tanzania islanders


2015 Cecafa Challenge Cup:

Friday, Nov 27:

Match No. 13: Rwanda 3-0 Somalia

No. 14: Zanzibar 3-1 Kenya

(Zanzibar – Suleiman Kassim Suleiman, 44’; Khamis Mcha Khamis, 57’, 74’; Kenya – Jacob Keli, 90+)

No. 15: South Sudan 2-0 Malawi

( – James Joseph,  7’; Bruno Thabit, 90+)

No. 16: Djibouti 0-4 Sudan

(- 15. Ather el Tahir 15’, 65’, 78’; 2. Faris Abdallah Mamoun, 25’)

KENYA will depend on Burundi beating Uganda or Tanzania downing Ethiopia on Saturday for Harambee Stars to avoid being shockingly eliminated from this year’s Cecafa Challenge Cup.

Disaster struck Harambee Stars when they were thumped 3-1 by Zanzibar in their last Group ‘B’ match on Friday afternoon at the Hawassa International Stadium in Southern Ethiopia. It was as if the Kenyans, who had threatened to boycott the match because their national football association, Football Kenya Federation [FKF] had not paid them money owed, contrived to lose the match.

First XI

Strangely, their coach threw in seven players who had not previously started and the outfit looked completely disjointed. The Scotsman, Robert [Bobby] Williamson was disappointed as some of them, especially mid-fielder Kevin Kimani and striker Jesse Were, failed to put not a foot right.

“Maybe they suffered from not having had previous playing time but, with all respect to Zanzibar, we should have done better. I now know who my first XI are. I wanted to give everyone a chance.”

Cross

Zanzibar were excellent and enjoyed toying around with Kenya even though they had no chances of proceeding to the quarter finals. They would live to rue their disastrous opening minutes in their first Group match with Burundi last Saturday in Addis Ababa when they lost their goalkeeper through a red card foul and played with the disadvantage in a 0-1 loss. The Tanzanian islanders were then routed 4-0 by Uganda.

Suleiman Kassim Suleiman converted a low cross past Kenya reserve keeper David Okello to see Zanzibar, shortly thereafter, go into the break with the 1-0 lead. Williamson hastily brought in his starting forwards — Michael Olunga, Eric Johana and Jacob Keli for Kevin Amwayi, Kevin Kimani and Jesse Were — but it was Zanzibar veteran Khamis Mcha Khamis, 26, who would make the score 2-0 in 57 minutes with the first of his superb brace. The other was in the 74th minute when Kenya’s wheels seemed to have come off.

Contested

Keli would score Kenya’s consolation in added time, a goal, if at all, which could be Kenya’s survival. They have a zero goal difference albeit not strong enough in the bid for a place in the quarter finals contested also by Sudan, Burundi, Uganda and Ethiopia. Qualified teams at the end of Friday were Tanzania and Rwanda (Group ‘A’) and South Sudan and Malawi (Group ‘C’).

South Sudan became the absolutely upset team of the tournament as they won 2-0 over Malawi in Bahir Dar, Northern Ethiopia to remain unbeaten and topping their pool with seven points against Malawi’s six.

2015 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP:

ETHIOPIA

Addis Ababa, Hawassa, Bahir Dar

(November 21- December 5)

Group ‘A’                                        Group ‘B’               Group ‘C’:

ETHIOPIA                                    *KENYA                SUDAN

RWANDA                                       UGANDA             #MALAWI

TANZANIA MAINLAND   BURUNDI             SOUTH SUDAN

SOMALIA                                   ZANZIBAR           DJIBOUTI

*Defending champions

#Malawi

Qualification: First two in each group and best two third placed teams qualify for quarter finals:

FIXTURES:

DATE – 2015……TEAMS……………………………GROUP……VENUE………….TIME

Sat, Nov 21…….. 1. Burundi 1-0 Zanzibar………… B………Addis Ababa…….3.00pm

……………………..2. Ethiopia 0-1 Rwanda…………. A…….. Addis Ababa……5.00pm

Sun, Nov 22…… 3. Somalia 0-4 Tanzania………. A……… Addis Ababa…….2.00pm

…………………….4. Kenya 2-0 Uganda……………. B………. Addis Ababa……..4.00pm

Mon, Nov 23….. 5. South Sudan 2-0 Djibouti….C …….. Bahir Dar………… 2.00pm

…………………….6. Sudan 1-2 Malawi……………….C……….Bahir Dar……….. 4.00pm

Tue, Nov 24……7. Zanzibar 0-4 Uganda………….B………Awassa………….. 2.00pm

……………………8. Rwanda 1-2 Tanzania ………..A………Awassa…………. 4.00pm

Wed, Nov 25…..9. Kenya 1-1 Burundi…………… B……… Awassa…………1.30pm

……………………10. Somalia 0-2 Ethiopia.…………A……….Awassa…………..3.30pm

…………………..11. Malawi 3-0 Djibouti…………….C…………Bahir Dar………..2.00pm

………………….12. South Sudan 0-0 Sudan………..C ………..Bahir Dar………..4.00pm

Thur, Nov 26:    R E S T  D A Y

Fri, Nov 27 : 13. Rwanda 3-0 Somalia   A  Hawassa  1.30pm

– 14. Zanzibar 3-1 Kenya   B  Hawassa   3.30pm

– 5. South Sudan 2-0 Malawi  C   Bahir Dar  2.00pm

– 16. Djibouti 0-4 Sudan   C  Bahir Dar  4.00pm

Sat, Nov 28: 17. Uganda v Burundi   B   Hawassa 1.30pm

– 18. Tanzania v Ethiopia  A   Hawassa   3.30pm

Sun, Nov 29     R E S T   D A Y

 – QUARTER FINALS:

Mon, Nov 30: 19. B1 v Malawi  Addis Ababa  TBD

-20. A1 v Q2   Addis Ababa   TBD

Tue, Dec 1: 21. South Sudan v Q1   Addis Ababa    TBD

-22. A2 v B2 Addis Ababa     TBD

Wed, Dec 2: R E S T   D A Y

Thur, Dec 3: SEMI FINALS:

– 23. Winner 19 v Winner 20 Addis Ababa      TBD

– 24. Winner 21 v Winner 24 .Addis Ababa        TBD

Fri, Dec 4: R E S T   D A Y

Sat, Dec 5: Bronze medal; Final:

– 25. Bronze: Loser 23 v Loser  Addis Ababa       TBD

– 26. FINAL: Winner 23 v Winner 24 Addis Ababa   TBD