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CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

Ninje calls for support from Tanzanian fans ahead of Amavubi duel

11:37 GMT 08/12/2017
Tanzania v Zanzibar.
Ninje still believes that Tanzania can force their way past a congested group A despite dropping four points in the last two games

Tanzania head coach Ammy Ninje has asked fans back at home to believe in the team even as he promises to make a few changes in his third match against Rwanda on Saturday.

Tanzania finds themselves in a precarious state in the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge after drawing their opening match against Libya before losing to Zanzibar in the second fixture on Thursday.

“The fans got to believe in us. We didn’t play badly against Zanzibar, it was just lack of desire (from players),” said Ninje who watched helplessly as his players surrendered a goal advantage in a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Zanzibar.

But despite the rocky start, Ninje believes that Tanzania still have a chance to force their way past a congested group A despite dropping four points in the last two games.

“We still have a chance. We need to win the remaining two games. We are going to regroup, talk to the boys and tell them that we (must) win against Rwanda.”

Ninje have a mountain to climb with host Kenya and Amavibi still standing on his way out of the group.

“Am thinking about Rwanda game first then shift attention to Kenya. It’s going to be a tough match but we need to fight through.

“I’ll check if the boys are up for the purpose. I’ve got enough players to change and give other people a chance."

Tanzania are fourth in the group with a single point. 

Zanzibar controls the log with six points with host Kenya second on four while Libya have two points. Rwanda are bottom with no point.