After a lackluster first half where opportunities were limited, the game got its spark in the second half with Eritrea going flat out on a bare knuckle attack for a goal that proved elusive.
Zanzibar’s forward Jaku Jakujoma had his ‘goal’ disallowed after he neatly connected a cross from the right flank but match referee Anthony Ogwayo ruled it out saying the scorer had handled the ball.
But the Red Sea boys continued to show their dominance pressing time and again with Daniel Alexander floating in a neat right flank cross which went begging.
Zanzibar opted to sit back and absorb the pressure catching their opponents on the counter’s and Majad Iredi had a good chance from such a move in the 59th minute firing powerfully only to be denied by the opponents goalkeeper who punched the ball out of danger.
The first half had little chances with neither side showing the real hunger for goals. Action was mainly packed in midfield, but the opponents could not get clear cut chances.
Zanzibar however, had the better head to head count in the early exchanges with Abudul Raham’s shot in the 31st minute landing straight in the hands of Eritrea’s keeper.
Khmamis Khamis could have grabbed a goal for his side just six minutes to the breather when he made a brilliant solo effort from the left flank but he blasted the ball above the cross bar with the opponents defense’caught napping.