Match Report: Tanzania 1 - Zimbabwe 0, Hosts win despite disappointing display.

John Boco netted the only goal for Stars in the first half in a disappointing display by the hosts
John Boco netted the only goal for Stars in the first half in a disappointing display by the hosts, the goal was received with a mixture of celebration and reservation as the home team did not put up a convincing display.

Taifa Stars Dutch coach Mart Nooij gave both Mbwana Samata and Ulimwengu a starting role and he was rewarded as the duo managed to shake off fatigue and partnered well to give the visitors a torrid evening.

Samata and Ulimwengu jetted in on Saturday from Khartoum, Sudan for the match after they featured for their club in CAF Champions’ League group stage match against Al Hilal Omdurman, which they lost 1-0.

Their presence was straight away felt when they combined to set up an opening goal for Taifa Stars in the 13rd minute. Samata latched onto a long ball and nodded it in the path of his twin striker Ulimwengu, who wasted no time as he set Bocco clear in space for the lanky striker to beat the goalkeeper George Chigova with a tricky shot.    

In the opening first 45 minutes Stars’ attacking midfielder Mwinyi Kazimoto was slightly wasteful in midfield and most of his long balls inside the area hardly found Samata and fellow striker Ulimwengu. In general, Zimbabwe looked the stronger, superior team in the first half and deserved to level matters.

Bocco missed a clear chance to make it 2-0 up for Stars, when Ulimwengu drove past three defenders, laid on Bocco with a ground pass but the Azam striker failed to tee it on the yawning nets.

Samata and Ulimwengu continued to stretch the ‘Mighty Warriors’ defense to the limit especially in the second half, when Zimbabwe sat back and absorbed Stars’ pressure, only hitting back on counter attacks.

Then Stars survived a scare in the 55th minute when Munishi bravely came off his line to clear the danger as Zimbabwe maintained pressure. Nooij made several changes in the second half, bringing on Haruna Chanongo for Ngassa; Amri Kiemba replaced Frank Domayo while Khamis Mcha came in for Bocco.

In the 80th minute Stamata forced his way in the box but could not find his teammate to finish his effort off and then Zimbabwe almost hit Stars on the counter.

However, Taifa Stars boss can still be proud of a magnificent effort by his players, who have proved that with experience and determination they could still excel away in Harare in a fortnight.

Tanzania line up: Deogratius Munishi, Shomary Kapombe, Oscar Joshua, Kelvin Yondani, Nadir Haroub Ally, Frank Domayo/ Amri Kiemba, Mrisho Ngassa/Haruna Chanongo, Mwinyi Kazimoto, John Bocco/ Khamis mcha, Mbwana Samata and Thomas Ulimwengu.

Zimbabwe line up :George Chigova,Partson Jaure,Danny Phiri,Hardlife Zvirekwi,Stephen Alimenda,Tendai Ndoro,Milton Nkube,Kudakwashe Mahachi,Cuthbert Malajila,Peter Moyo and Eric Chipeta.