Kilimanjaro Stars and Azam FC striker John Bocco “Adebayor” struck a brace in the first half to hand Tanzania a 2-0 win over Sudan in the second of Group B’s match in the Tusker CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.
Tanzania was clearly the better side of the two in the opening minutes of the match taking over possession with Mwinyi Kazimoto bossing the midfield. Mrisho Khalfan Ngassa would be and was always the danger man on the flanks with his deft touches and swift turning ability.
The combination of Simba SC’s Ngassa and Azam hit man John Bocco known in Tanzania as Adebayor was lethal to the Sudanese backline as it kept them on their toes.
It only took them ten minutes to bang the first gopal and it was thjat lethal partnership that led to the goal. Mwinyi Kazimoto’s fight in the midfield handed the Tanzanians possession and Kazimoto fed his team mate at Simba Ngassa who raced into the box and unselfishly cut back the pass to Bocco who banged in the goal.
Five minutes later, Mrisho Ngassa saw his freekikck parried away by the Sudanese keeper Abd Elrahman as Tanzania continued with their onslaught.
Ngassa and Bocco would combine once again in the 28th minute in almost similar fashion to hand Tanzania the double advantage. Ngassa picked up the ball on the left, dribbled past two Sudanese defenders and fed the ball into the box to Adebayor who as wat the right place at the right time.
Sudan had their first shot on target on the half hour mark with Juma Kaseja parrying away Hamoda Bashir’s ferocious freekick.
The second half was more compact as Tanzania tightened the grip on their lead. Sudan pressed hard into the Tanzania half but the back four of the Kili Stars that had Shomari Kapombe and Kelvin Yondani were in no mood for a let go as they kept it water tight.
Mohammed Musa Idriss had the best chance for Sudan in the 70th minute when he was left isolated at the far post. However, he lobbed over the ball after he was flicked in by substitute Farid Mohammed.
Tanzania are now second in the pool behind Burundi who put five past Somalia in the first match. Sudan are third and will need to beat Somalia by a huge margin and force at least a draw against Burundi to advance to the last eight.
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