Kinondoni, Ilala in do or die semifinal

10Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Kinondoni, Ilala in do or die semifinal

Today is a crucial day for the semifinalists of the U-17 Airtel Rising Stars. Kinondoni battles it out against archrivals Ilala while unpredictable Morogoro have a daunting hill to climb as they confront Temeke.

Mbeya’s Said Hashim dribbles past a Kinondoni defender when the teams locked horns in the Airtel Rising Stars finals at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Thursday. Kinondoni won 2-1.

All matches are hosted at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The going became simply unbearable for Mwanza and Mbeya who were bundled out in group matches, leaving Morogoro the only upcountry region that managed to navigate their vessel through to the semi-finals. Winners will meet in the final as the tournament climaxes at the same venue tomorrow.

The lucky qualifiers for the final will enjoy the privilege of their match being watched by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, among football officials and fans expected to attend the final.

The premier will also grace the closing ceremony and present trophies and medals to the winning teams.

Morogoro look potential winners of their match against Temeke today, going by the superb performance they put up when they met defending champions Ilala on Thursday.

Ilala District Football Association secretary Daudi Kanuti is in a good position to testify on this.

He watched in disbelief as uncompromising Morogoro Boys thrashed his team 2-0 in front of the Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association chairman, Almasi Kasongo.

“I must confess that Morogoro were simply better than us today but I swear we won’t allow them to beat us again should we qualify and meet them again in the final on Sunday,” said Kanuti, seated alongside Kasongo and Ilala Football Association chairman Emmanuel Kazimoto. They watched as Morogoro continued to dominate the match.

On their part, Kinondoni qualified to play against Ilala when they finished top in their group, trailed by Temeke.

Dar es Salaam football regions of Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke have also qualified for the semifinals in the girls’ category. Kinondoni will play against Temeke while Ilala are pitted against Arusha.

It is virtually certain that the champions on girls’ front will come from Dar es Salaam, come tomorrow.