8 December 2012

Tanzania: Zanzibar Heroes Coach Resigns After Loss to Kenya

Kampala — ZANZIBAR Heroes coach Salum Nassour has resigned after his team failed to reach the finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup reaching its climax in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday.

Zanzibar lost 4-2 on post-match penalties and will now face off for the third and fourth play off against Mainland's Kilimanjaro Stars at the Nelson Mandela (Namboole) Stadium today. "I am a man of my words and I said if I will not win this tournament, then I am resigning as the coach.

I will not wait till we get to Zanzibar. I am resigning just now in the team bus. My assistant coach will take care of the team in the play offs. I never came here for the play offs, I came for the finals," Nassour was quoted by michezoafrika.com after the match. "We played very well and I do not think Kenya played anything.

It was just unfortunate that we could not win. We scored, we played well in midfield, but again, luck has a big part to play in football. We are all disappointed but we can't do anything," he added.

Kenya's U23 coach James Nandwa is delighted with their win over Zanzibar Heroes that saw his side qualify for the final of this year's event. Nandwa who watched from the touchline as they scored all the penalties to progress after twice pegging back Zanzibar lauded his players for their effort.

"I told them that they have to play their hearts out and they went out there and played as we planned. "I was here in 2008 as the assistant coach when Kenya reached the final against Uganda. Now I'm here and I wanted to achieve the same feat. It feels good."

He also commented on what drives the team as they have managed to secure a final berth. "I chose my players for this match and knew they can deliver. The game was tough but what they need is support to ensure continuity in the squad.

"We are ready to face Uganda Cranes in the final. We know what is at stake during that match but all I can say is we will not let them defeat us. "This is the third time I'm in the final and I'm happy as a coach to have guided my boys this far."

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