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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 December 2007, 10:30 GMT
Tanzania stun favourites Kenya
By Emmanuel Muga
BBC Sport, Dar es Salaam

Danny Mrwanda of Tanzania
Mrwanda secured victory for the Taifa Stars in stoppage time

Tanzania secured a memorable 2-1 victory over neighbours Kenya in the opening Cecafa Cup match.

The goals for the hosts came courtesy of Kuwait-based Nizar Khalifan and Danny Mrwanda in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Tanzania opened the scoring at the midpoint of the first half through a Khalifan penalty.

Eritrean referee Emmanuel Eyob awarded the penalty after ruling John Njoroge had handled the ball in the forbidden area.

The Kenyans responded with a series of attacks.

Their pressure paid off in the dying minutes of the first half, when Kevin Ochieng powered his way into the box.

As he was preparing to shoot, Salum Sued brought him down, only for the referee to point to the spot.

Angola-based striker Allan Wanga who was the top scorer in the Kenyan league last season, sent goalkeeper Ali Mustapha the wrong way to level the score.

Tanzania were profligate in the second half, wasting numerous goal-mouth opportunities.

Finally Mrwanda scored in the stoppage time to guarantee three points to the Taifa Stars.

Defender Amir Maftah was sent off for a second bookable offence in the dying minutes but it was too late for the Kenyans to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

The team coach Marcio Maximo was full of praises for his players after the match, but full of criticism for the fans.

"The boys have won, I am happy but they have not performed at their best," he said.

"I am happy with their spirit, they did well, but fans should always come here to offer support, not just to sit doing nothing," he added.

Kenyan coach Jacob `Ghost' Mulee said they were unlucky not to convert their chances into goals and predicted a tough tournament for his team.

The 11-team Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, which kicked off on Saturday, will run until December 22.

The opening ceremony was preceded by elections for a new executive committee which saw Tanzania FA president Leodegar Tenga being elected new chairman of Cecafa region.

The championship continues on Sunday with Uganda facing Djibouti and Rwanda against Eritrea.

The championship is sponsored by pay-TV GTV, who will offer cash prizes to the top three teams.



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