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Harambee Stars are through to the quarterfinals of this year’s GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after beating Zanzibar 2-0 in their final Group A game in Nakuru on Tuesday.

The result saw Kenya go joint top with Ethiopia who had earlier beaten South Sudan 2-0. With the two teams having identical results after the group games, the winner of the group will be decided by the toss of a coin.

Stars made one change with Musa Mohammed coming on in place of the suspended Aboud Omar while Allan Wanga was handed the captaincy in a bid to boost his confidence after a poor game against South Sudan last week.

The final group games had been moved to Nakuru and the resident of the Rift valley capital responded with a huge turnout that rallied the home side.

Stars got off to the perfect start when Francis Kahata was hauled down in the box with the referee pointing to the spot in the fifth minute.

Defender Jockins Atudo who had scored one penalty and missed another in the previous game made no mistake rifling the ball past Zanzibar keeper Rashid Abdalla.

Man on The Match Jacob Keli then created a chance out of nothing on the quarter hour mark turning his marker inside out but Abdalla saved his effort with his feet.

Having been under the cosh for most of the first half hour, Zanzibar grew back into the game with Masoud fashioning their best chance of the first period for Suleiman Kassim but his shot hit the side netting on 32 minutes.

Keli had a chance to put the game to bed on 52 minutes but he lashed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Wanga made it 2-0 with a beautifully worked goal on the hour mark collecting an impudent Keli back-heel and firing the ball past Abdalla. It was welcome goal for Wanga who has struggled all tourney and his celebrations told how much it meant to him.

Stars needed another goal to secure top spot but in the end; they needed Duncan Ochieng to make a fine stop to preserve their clean sheet.

Kenya will now rely on the lottery of a toss coin while Zanzibar face a nervous few days as they wait to find out whether they qualify as one of the best third placed teams.

 

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The 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will be officially launched in Nairobi on Friday. The tournament draw will be conducted then with a title sponsor due to be unveiled during the breakfast function where ambassadors of nations taking part are lined up to be present. According to the regional football governing body Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, all preliminary games will be played in Nairobi and Machakos. “For easier management and planning, other towns, Kisumu, Mombasa and Mumias will host some knockout matches,” Musonye disclosed on Tuesday. “We had expressed our reservation about the readiness of Kisumu but with the decision to have the preliminary matches in Nairobi, the lakeside town have more time to prepare,” the official added. Cecafa technical committee officials arrive in the country on Thursday to tour the venues and make a final submission on their fitness to host the competition that runs from November 27 to December 12. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Sam Nyamweya told the organisers that the artificial turf has already been taken to Kisumu and work to lay it will commence before the end of the week. “The government approved the Sh3.6 million for the clearing for the turf. We have also agreed with the Kisumu County Government to clear the huge pile of garbage adjacent to the stadium,” the FKF boss added. The countries that have confirmed participation alongside the hosts are defending champions Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Zanzibar, Eritrea and Zambi ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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