By Katongole Kiwanuka – Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania – The Uganda Cranes is the most respected team in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania where the 34th edition of the Council for the Eastern and Central Africa (CECAFA) Tusker cup is being hosted.
Former Birmingham youth academy director Stewart Hall who is handling the Zanzibar team in an interview with Pepper Sport claimed that the Cranes’ superiority is unmatched at the moment.
“I have just come in Africa but when I read about Uganda in regional competitions, no one can beat them at the moment,” said Hall.
The Welsh who has a massive experience with grass root football in India, St. Vincent Islands and now Zanzibar, says Uganda’s chances are clear for a possible treble. Uganda holds the U-17 and U-20 trophies and only have to lift the senior cup to conquer the region. He said, “they (Uganda) not only better us in rankings but the seniority of their team is superb.”
Hall however vows to beat Ivory Coast and Rwanda to clear the Island’s chances of being recognized by FIFA. “We want to prove to FIFA that we are a big team and the only platform available is to beat a big team like Ivory Coast,” he said after the Zanzibaris beat Sudan 2-0. The Elephants however crumpled under Rwanda’s pressure to lose 2-1.
The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals, along with the two best third-place finishers.
CECAFA Challenge Cup groups
Group A: Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi, Somalia
Group B: Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Zambia
Group C: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi