Dor or die for Ngorongoro Heroes against Morocco

22Feb 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dor or die for Ngorongoro Heroes against Morocco

TANZANIA's national U-20 soccer side, Ngorongoro Heroes, take on Morocco's U-20 squad when the curtain draws on Group C of the 2021 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations' tournament at Cheikha Ould Boidiya Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania today.

Tanzania's national U-20 football squad 'Ngorongoro Heroes'.

Midfielder Novatus Dismas scored with two minutes left on the clock as Tanzania rallied from a goal down to hold Gambia to a 1-1 draw in their second Group C match in Nouadhibou on Friday.

Dismas’ goal from a free kick ensured that Ngorongoro Heroes kept their belief until the final day of the group stage.

Meanwhile, Morocco played out to a goalless draw against Ghana in their second group match in Nouadhibou on Friday.

In a lively and entertaining match, both sides had chances to score, but could not find the net.

The results see both teams move to four points, but Ghana remains top of the group on goal difference, having beaten Tanzania 4-0 in their opening encounter.

Morocco were 1-0 winners over Gambia. Gambia and Tanzania follow with one point each.

Morocco can afford to get a point and secure their quarterfinal spot, while nothing but victory can see Tanzania go through to the second round.

Ngorongoro Heroes will take all the risks to get the much needed three points, with an eye on the other Group C game between Ghana and Gambia, played simultaneously at Stade Olympique de Nouakchott.

Jamhuri Kihwelo ‘Julio’, Ngorongoro Heroes' head coach, will have his work cut out against the North Africans who won the tournament in 1997 and raring to repeat the feat despite the gigantic task awaiting them.

Kihwelo will be banking on the breath of several foreign-based youngsters to cause an upset in the crucial game.

The tactician’s squad will look for inspiration from Kelvin John, Ally Msengi, Novatus Dismas, Ben Starkie, Ibrahimshah Faisal, Nassor Saadun and Alphonce Mabula, who are playing abroad and exposed to better facilities like their counterparts from Morocco.

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