The victory will serve to motivate them in search for an Afcon qualifications ticket as the winner of the tourney will represent the region
Tanzania managed to come from behind and registered a 6-1 win over Djibouti in the Cecafa U20 Championship at Black Rhino Stadium in Arusha on Sunday.
The junior tournament that started this weekend and expected to end on December 6 is set to produce Cecafa’s African Cup of Nations participant in the U20 category.
The Ngorongoro Heroes went behind in the 14th minute when Abdourhaman Kamil struck to give Djibouti the lead. The hosts were unable to find an equaliser in the remaining minutes of the first half.
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Tanzania restored parity in the 52nd minute when Teps Theonasy scored while Abdul Hamisi added the second in the 65th minute as they dominated the game from there one, with Djibouti looking a pale shadow of their first-half self.
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Hamis, the eventual hat-trick hero, scored the third in the 71st minute before Khleffin Hamdoun added the fourth for Tanzania in the 82nd minute while Kassim Haruna got onto the scoresheet with a fifth goal in 88th minute.
Hamis scored his third and their sixth of the game in the 90th minute as Ngorongoro Heroes romped home with a huge win on matchday one.
Tanzania, the defending champions, are in Group A alongside Somalia and Djibouti. In Group B, Uganda, Eritrea and South Sudan are the rivals while Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan are in Group C.
Cecafa named experienced officials from various member countries to oversee the junior tournament and the general coordinators are Victor Lwal of South Sudan and Tanzania’s Baraka Kizungutu. They will be assisted by Yacoub Elmi of Djibouti and Issam Shaban of Sudan.
The refereeing committee members’ are Celestine Ntangungira of Rwanda while Leslie Liunda of Tanzania will be the instructor and Kenya’s Sylvester Kirwa has been appointed as a member.
The match commissioners are Amable Habimana, Elfaith Bani, Makur Majok, and Omar Muhammed Nur.
The 11 referees have been selected and they include William Oloya, Martin Sanya, Chief Florentina Zablon, Houssein Mansour Saddam, Malong Ring, Mogos Teklu, Hussein Ahmed Hassan, Tadesse Belay, Nsoro Ruzindana, Mpaima Israel, Eltreefe and Elsiddig.
Emmanuel Okudra, Fides Bangurambona, Ahmed Liban Abdourazak, Mohamed Mkono, Hellen Mduma, George Primato Olibo, Desire Nkurunziza, Joshua Achila, Belachew Tigle, Ghebreslase Yohannes Tewelde, Raymond Nonati Bwiliza, Mohamed Nour Abdi, and Ahmed Omer Hamid have been appointed as the assistant referees.