SOMALIA on Sunday
became the second team to be tossed out of the on-going GOtv Cecafa
Senior Challenge Cup after losing two consecutive matches.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The Ocean Stars were handed a 1-0 beating by Kilimanjaro Stars of
Tanzania with super sub Athuman Chanongo scoring the lone goal of the
match after 58 minutes.
They had lost the opening match 0-2 to Burundi to remain at the bottom of Group B with no point.
Zambia beat Burundi 1-0 in their second match after a 1-1 draw with
Tanzania for the two teams to tie in top spot with four points. Burundi
is second with three points.
Despite bowing out of contention, Somalia produced the man-of-the
match in striker Jabrill Hassan Mohammed and was awarded GOtv recorder
for his brilliance.
South Sudan was the first to exit the tournament on Saturday after
they too lost two consecutive matches. In the opening match, South
Sudan fell 1-2 to Zanzibar before being trounced 3-1 by hosts Kenya.
The exit of the two teams leaves 10 others to battle for the eight
slots that will guarantee a place in the quarterfinals. Group A has
Kenya, Ethiopia and Zanzibar who are still in contention.
Group B has Zambia, Tanzania and Burundi while Group C involving
Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda and Eritrea will know the casualty on Monday when
the second group matches will take place.
The tournament which started on November 27 has realized a low
turnout to the chagrin of Cecafa Secretary Nicholas Musonye who has
wondered whether the country is serious about hosting major
Musonye said the Kenya v Ethiopia match realized less than 5,000
fans, a feat that calls for change in attitude by both fans and the
government to qualify to host similar tournaments in future.