We Were Here for Cecafa’s Solidarity, Says Zanzibar Coach

Kenya's Neddy Okoth scores a goal against Zanzibar.

Zanzibar national team has conceded the most number if goals in the CECAFA women’s group stages and have been labelled the tournament ‘whipping girls’.

The team has leaked in a whooping thirty (30) goals in three games against Burundi (10-1), Uganda (9-0) and Kenya (11-0). The team’s headcoach Mustafa Hassan Suleiman picks the positives from the tournament and hopes to learn from their mistakes to improve their future shows.

“We are happy to have taken part in this competition and finished well without any major negative incident, abortion ” he said. “But I will want to inform you that we actually came for lessons and since we entered the country (Uganda) until our last game has been an upward learning curve for us.”

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Kenya finished top of the group with nine points scoring 19 goals and haven’t conceded, Uganda booked the other semis spot after accumulating six points from two wins while Burundi bowed out with three points.

“When we compare our team’s shape to others you’ll realize there is a very big gap in all spheres but what’s vital is to learn and improve right from our preparations up to when we engage in our next international matches.”

National Obligation.

“The most important point was to protect our country’s image. Zanzibar is a CECAFA region member and therefore when the association starts up a project, we feel obligated as a nation to participate in sign of solidarity with our neighbors.”

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia are the four teams that will take part in the semifinals with the winners progressing to the finals and the losers consoling with the third place play offs.

“I congratulate all the teams that have qualified for the semifinals and wish them successful completion,” Mustafa summed.

Group A results.
Sunday 9 September
Zanzibar 1-10 Burundi
Uganda 0-4 Kenya

Tuesday 13 September
Burundi 0-4 Kenya
Zanzibar 0-9 Uganda

Thursday 15 September
Kenya 11-0 Zanzibar
Uganda 1-0 Burundi


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