Kili Stars stand in Rwanda’s way

TODAYRwanda  v  Tanzania    12.30pmSomalia  v  Uganda      3pm
RECOVERED: Amavubi Stars players congratulate Bokota Labama upon scoring the team’s third goal against Somalia
RECOVERED: Amavubi Stars players congratulate Bokota Labama upon scoring the team’s third goal against Somalia

Rwanda  v  Tanzania    12.30pm
Somalia  v  Uganda      3pm

KAMPALA - Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars stand in Rwanda’s way this afternoon as the two teams clash in an anticipated thriller at Nakivubo stadium in a Group A tie of the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

The Amavubi Stars will need nothing less than maximum three points because of their bad goal aggregate.

But Amavubi tactician Tucak Branko told Times Sport that he is sure of picking a win against Tanzania. We are not scared of them at all and we know where to hit them,” said the seemingly confident Croatian.

Having fallen 4-0 to Uganda Cranes in the opening tie, before recovering to beat Somalia 3-0, the Amavubi Stars are still doing badly in the goal average tally.

A draw of any kind will still keep Rwanda below their opponents because the Kilimanjaro Stars have scored two and let-in the same number of goals.

Coach Branko thinks Tanzania’s approach of running around and using a lot of aerial balls in attack will be handled effectively. “Although it will be a tough game, I have the trick to stop them,” said Branko.

Amavubi will welcome first-choice goalkeeper jean Claude Ndoli who picked an a knee injury in the opening game, while two goal hero against Somalia Eric Gasana is sure of being a starter together with Kamana Bokota Labama and hard working Aloua Gaseruka.

Jean Lomami who has been a flop could find himself warming the bench.

Tanzania’s Brazilian coach Marcio Maximo is also hopeful they will get a good result against Rwanda. “After a hard fought victory over Zanzibar, I am sure Rwanda will play a more open game which will be to our advantage,” said Maximo

Kuwait based professional Danny Mrwanda and attacking midfielder Athumani Idd who scored against Zanzibar are expected to lead Kili Stars goal hunt, while Salum Swed, Henry Joseph and Haruna Moshi take care of the back-line.

The second game will see Uganda face Somalia in a game the home fans expect nothing less than victory.

Interestingly Cecafa even booked the Somalian team to fly out of Uganda on Thursday, having anticipated an early trip back home.

“We want to beat Somalia before facing Tanzania in our last group game,” said Uganda’s Scottish coach Bobby Williamson.

Group A
                     P    W    D    L    F    A   Pts
Uganda       2     1     1    0     4     0    4
Zanzibar     3     1     1    1     3     2    4
Tanzania     2     1     0    1     2    2     3
Rwanda        2     1     0    1     3    4    3
Somalia        3     1     0    2     1     5   3


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