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Zim developmental side bow out of CECAFA

[Posted 06 Dec 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Zim developmental side bow out of CECAFA

The Zimbabwe developmental side that Norman Mapeza took to the CECAFA Tusker  Senior Challenge Cup bowed out of the tournament following a slender 0-1 loss to record winners Uganda who were almost at full strength in a quarter-final played in Dar-es-Salaam on Tuesday afternoon.

Hamis Kiiza scored the only goal of the match when he connected a Sula Matovu cross in the 15th minute.

There was little to seperate the two teams earlier on in the match until the goal at the quarter of an hour from Kiiza.

Uganda's spirits were lifted by the goal and the East Africans assumed more initiative than their opponents from Southern Africa between the goal and the second half whistle.

The victory meant much more for the Cranes who are record-winners of the tournament, having won it 11 times already.

Cranes coach Bobby Williamson adopted a defensive approach almost through out the match, and restricted the Zimbabweans to only two meaningful attacks in the first half through through Charles Sibanda and Donald Ngoma. The Cranes defence cleared both attempts off the line.

Zimbabwe's developmental squad dominated the Cranes in the second half where Williamson's men adopted an ultra defensive approach.

The Ugandans weathered storm after storm from the Warriors after the break, as Mapeza's men fought hard looking for an elusive equaliser.

Tapuwa Khumbuyani was lively on the right flank and caused anxious moments for Uganda, as did Sibanda who proved a real thorn in the flesh.

Sibanda came close twice, in the 60th minute when he should have done better than miss a perfect pass from hard-running Benjamin Marere, and also in the 68th minute when he attempted to loop the ball over the Cranes keeper.

At the end the Ugandan Cranes who had more than three foreign-based players in their squad, held on to a win and with it a place in the semi-finals.

The Zimbabweans, though they are a learning side, should have done better in a match they thoroughly dominated in the second half. They will now have to return home in the next 24 hours.

    

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