Heroes eager for silverware

17Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Heroes eager for silverware

ZANZIBAR Heroes will be eager to prove they have what it takes to go all the way and win the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup silverware when they face hosts, Kenya, in the final in Machakos today.


Heroes booked a place in the final with a 2-1 win over the tournament’s defending champions, Uganda, in the last four’s stage at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Kenya had to dig deep to grab a 1-0 win over Burundi in the semi-final which took place at the same venue to make it to the final.

Heroes have a challenging hurdle to clear as they seek to repeat the 1995 feat, which saw the team lift the trophy in the event which took place in Uganda.

With Heroes facing the hosts at the latter’s turf and in front of the home crowd, the Isles team will have to step up their game, if they are to upset the hosts.

The Isles outfit exhibited a fighting spirit throughout the group stage, as well as in the game against Uganda, and its quality is expected to be in view in the match against Kenya.

The Isles side was in group B of the event, which also included Tanzania Mainland’s Kilimanjaro Stars, Libya and Rwanda.

Kenya will be relying on their key players including Francis Ouma and Ochieng Ovella to get the better of Heroes and win silverware.

The third place play off between Burundi and Uganda will be held early at the same venue.

The teams were in group B which also had Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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