When Zanzibar coach Salum Nassur sensationally announced that he would resign if his team did not win this years Cecafa Senior
Challenge Cup, many laughed him off.
Indeed, football enthusiasts thought that the coach was being driven into making such huge statements by the euphoria of having beaten Rwanda and the desire to get a place in the limelight at the expense of his more illustrious opponents including --Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
But after the post match 6-5 penalty shoot-out win over Burundi, many are now wondering if the Heroes may after all pull up a surprise by going all the way to ensure Nassur doesn't vacate the seat he has occupied from many years.
"I am very confident in the ability of this team. I did not put my job at stake for nothing. I know what this players are capable of doing and I am ready to face any team in the semi finals," said Nassur.
Zanzibar have down the years played second fiddle to their big brothers, Tanzania mainland, in this competition but Nassur believes this is the time to finally come out of the shadow of their more successful brothers. Zanzibar and Tanzania play together under the Taifa Stars in Fifa tournament.
"A win or us will be a victory for the whole of Tanzania. We don't want to be selfish with our success. In fact, it will be marvelous thing if we meet each other in the finals," remarked Nassur. Zanzibar will meet the victors of yesterday semi-final pitting Kenya's Harambee Stars and Malawi.
"We are ready to face any team. God knows ,which team will win this tournament. Ours is to do our best in every game we play no matter the conditions," said Nassur
Heroes will be looking to the form of Azam trio Juma Jaku, Khamis Mcha and Aggrey morris and skipper Nadir Haroub to keep their hopes of reaching Cecafa final for the firs time alive.