Tanzania qualifies for COPA Coca-Cola Africa games last four

04Dec 2019
Correspondent
The Guardian
Tanzania qualifies for COPA Coca-Cola Africa games last four

TANZANIA’s U-16 COPA Coca-Cola soccer squad has stretched its impressive spell in this season’s COPA Coca-Cola Africa games, which are taking place in Thika, Kenya, given the team has made it to the last four.

The Tanzania youngsters had in the opening match made short work of South Africa, cruising to 3-1 win.

In the second game, Tanzania conceded 2-0 loss to Zambia. Much as they suffered loss in the clash, the Tanzania team sailed through to the last eight stage.

In the last eight, played yesterday, Tanzania squad regrouped to post a 6-2 rout of Uganda and cruise to the last four.

The eventual winners’ forward line, which is led by Paul Nyerere, tormented the Ugandans.

Nyerere was Tanzania’s hero in the game, netting a hat-trick in the clash.

Team mates, Frank Zephania and Kassim Ibrahim, scored a goal apiece.

Tanzania’s squad opted for a defensive tactic, catching their opponents on counter-attacks, and the approach paid off.

Uganda had come out with 11-1 victory over Namibia in the first match.

Abel Mtweve, Tanzania team’s coach, received a lot of plaudits from the spectators for opting for a better approach.

Tanzania team’s head of delegation, Vitalis Shija, who as well serves as the Inter-Secondary Schools Games (UMISSETA) president, noted: “The boys have impressed me, I did not expect they will beat Uganda by such a margin, they have truly showcased fighting spirit and followed their coach’s instructions.”

“The government is fully cooperating with them, motivating them and I hope they will tomorrow post a win over Kenya and ultimately sail through to the final.”

The COPA Coca-Cola Africa games, the biggest youth sports event in the continent, involves 10 teams from across the continent, with Kenya hosting the games.

Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ethiopia, Namibia, Angola, Botswana and Mozambique are also in the list of the competing squads in the games.

There were as well wins for the game’s hosts Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the rest of the last eight duels.

Zambia cruised to 8-1 victory over Angola, whilst Zimbabwe clobbered Namibia 4-1. Kenya edged Botswana 1-0.

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