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Zanzibar Heroes trash Amavubi in the Ongoing CECAFA Challenge Cup
Zanzibar National Soccer team, the Zanzibar Heroes beat Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars 3-1 in their 2017 CECAFA SENIOR CHALLENGE Cup opener at Machakos Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday’s result takes the tiny island nation off the East Coast of Africa to second place in Group A behind Kenya, who won their second match 2-0 against tournament guest Libya also this afternoon.
Zanzibaris were first to score in the 35th minute through Singida United midfielder Mudathiri Yahya who received a well-placed cross from fellow countrymen Mwinyi Haji.
The first half ended Zanzibr Heroes 1 Amavubi Stars 0.
The second half began by Rwandese pressing high in Heroes’ half in the 47th minute the Amavubi got their equalizer through Hakizimana Niyonzima. But the celebration was cut short after Mohamedi Juma scored the second goal to Zanzibar Heroes.
The game was beyond Stars reach when in the 86th minute after Kassim Issa Juma netted the 3rd goal.
Zanzibar coach Hemed Morocco said that the result is the good starts for the tournament before facing Kilimanjaro Stars in the next game.
CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, formerly known as GOSSAGE CUP is comprised of Eastern African countries and part of Central Africa and run by the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA). Gossage Cup, sponsored by Soap manufacturer William Gossage gave way to the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup in 1967.
The first ever CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup was held in Uganda in 1973 and the hosts Uganda emerged winners beating Tanzania 2-1 in the finals.
Next game for Zanzibar Heroes is against their mainland brothers Kilimanjaro Stars Thursday.
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CAF Finally Readmits Zanzibar After 53-year hiatus
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) voted Thursday to readmit Zanzibar as a full member of the continental body at its annual meeting in Ethiopia.
The East African island off the coast of Tanzania was considered an associate member of CAF until member states unanimously approved its full membership tonight at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
“This is great… for Zanzibar and African football,” Zanzibar Football Association President Ravia Idarous Faina told reporters after a unanimous decision.
Zanzibar’s status as an associate of CAF meant its players could play in inter-club tournaments, but were not allowed to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations, said CAF media director Junior Binyam.
Footballers could also compete on the Tanzanian national team, he said.
Zanzibar is the first new member of CAF admitted since South Sudan joined in 2012, bringing the total number of members states to 55.
The Zanzibari Soccer body’s CAF admission pave the way for the semi-autonomous archipelago’s long sought desire and dream to become a full-fledged FIFA member and chance for Zanzibar National team to participate in the World Cup.