CECAFA: Zanzibar stage comeback to stun Tanzania, disloges Kenyan from top
Zanzibar staged a stunning comeback to silence Tanzania 2-1 in and disloge Kenya's Harambee Stars from the top of Group A in thrilling CECAFA Group A clash staged on Thursday 7 December in Machakos County Stadium.
A goal and assist from Kassim Suleiman condemned Kili Stars to their first loss of the tournament as the Islanders extended their fine start to dislodge Kenya from top of Group A. The tie in Machakos saw a cagey first half with both sides opting for guarded approach to the Derby clash.
The opener will come late after Himid Mao broke the deadlock a minute to stroke of half hour mark. Zanzibar came more determined for the final half and pinned Tanzania back to their half. Their efforts finally paid off after Kassim exploited a defensive indecisiveness to beat Aishi Manula and level the scores.
A small confrontation between the teams ensued moment after the goal altercation erupted forcing to calm the soaring tempers. Tanzanian left side was soon to be exploited as Zanzibar used the channel for their occasional break through.
The concern was soon compounded as the Islander effort paid off 15 minutes to time. The goal scorer turning provider with a sumptuous cross that Ibrahim Hamad poked past Manula for the second.