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Kili Stars: To win, dead or alive

1st December 2012
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Kilimanjaro Stars coach Kim Poulsen (left), assistant coach Sylvester Marsh and defender Shomari Kapombe talk when the team trained yesterday.

The Mainland national soccer side, Kilimanjaro Stars, are today locked in a do or die match as they play underdogs Somalia in their last group stage match in the on going Senior Challenge Cup in  Kampala.

The Group ‘B’ match set to kick off at 2pm at the Lugogo Stadium shall seal   the fate of the Mainlanders if they qualify for quarter finals or pack their bags.

Kilimanjaro Stars and Sudan tie on three points, so a win will pave the way for the team trained by Kim Poulsen to advance.

Poulsen said yesterday that he had seen how Somalia played in their last two matches. “It is not a team to underrate. In fact, they have been improving in each game they played,” the coach said, noting that he had prepared his team well for the game.

“We will capitalize on mistakes we made in our last game in which we lost 0-1 to Burundi,” he further stated.

Defenders Shomari Kapombe and Mwinyi Kazimoto who sustained injuries  when they played Burundi had recovered, and would be in action in today’s game.

Somalia head coach Sam Ssimbwa said that he will be out to challenge his opponents, while admitting that he had inexperienced players compared to Kilimanjaro Stars.

Ssimbwa, a former Sofapaka coach, said that his side was injury free. "We hope we will post our first win as we play our opponents tomorrow," he said in an interview yesterday.

Another game pits Group ‘B’ leaders Burundi and Sudan at the Wankulukuku Stadium.

Evening matches set to kick off at 4pm involve Malawi and Zanzibar and Rwanda faces Eritrea.
Defending champions Uganda and Burundi have already qualified for the quarters.

Meanwhile, Kim Poulsen congratulated Zanzibar Heroes for displaying good soccer, especially after stunning fancied Rwanda Amavubi 2-1 in a Group ‘C’ match played at Namboole on Friday.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN