The New Times (Kigali)

5 December 2012

Uganda/Tanzania: Uganda, Tanzania in Semifinal Showdown Today

RECORD twelve time Cecafa cup winners Uganda Cranes clash with Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Stars in second semi-final match of this year's regional Challenge Cup at Namboole stadium in Kampala today.

The Cranes booked their place after mauling Ethiopia 2-0 thanks to goals from Geoffrey Kizito and Robert Ssentongo. Tat was Uganda's fourth consecutive win and clean sheet of the tournament.

Tanzania, on the other hand, sent Rwanda packing in the last eight with a 2-0 victory.

Coach Bobby Williamson, who believes Uganda is the best in the tournament, faces a daunting task against Kilimanjaro Stars who two years beat his team in Dar es Salaam.

However, the Scot is confident that his team will prevail and sail through to the finals.

"Tanzania is a great team with very talented players. They play good football and I believe it will be a very entertaining match to watch," he said.

But Tanzania's coach Kim Poulsen is equally keen to guide his team to the finals. "My team is ready to take whoever comes as they are here to compete and win", said Poulsen.

Kilimanjaro Stars' striking duo of Mrisho Ngasa and John Bocco share ten goals between them as the team heads into today's semi-final. They have also been boosted by the return of all-rounder Shomari Kapombe and midfielder Mwinyi Kazimoto who featured during the quarterfinal tie against Rwanda.

The Kili Stars reached the only final in Kampala in 1973 and lost the battle and have never lifted the title from the Ugandan soil since then.

Kenya faces Zanzibar in the first semi-final after eliminating Malawi with a 1-0 victory in the quarter finals. Zanzibar eliminated Burundi 6-5 on post-match penalties to go through to the semi-finals.

Cecafa Tusker Cup

Today

Kenya vs. Zanzibar, 3pm

Uganda vs. Tanzania, 6pm

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