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Harambee Stars face Tanzania in crucial group match

Charles Thuku @PeopleSports11

It will be a make-or-breakencounter for Harambee Stars when they face Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania in their final Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup preliminary Group “A” match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos at 4pm today.

This will be the second match of the double-header with the first pitting Zanzibar Heroes against guest team, The Mediterranean Knights of Libya at 2pm.

Kenya put themselves in a precarious position on Saturday after they were restricted to a barren draw by stubborn Zanzibar, a result which gave the latter an automatic ticket to the semi finals set for Moi Stadium in Kisumu this weekend.

In Group “B”, qualification chances to the last four stage are open with the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia taking battle to the Bright Stars of South Sudan at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega from 3pm.

With Zanzibar being the first team to secure a place in the semi-final with seven points following a goalless draw with Kenya on Saturday, the second semi final slot is up for grabs between Harambee Stars and the Mediterranean Knights who have registered five and three points respectively.

In the early kick-off at the venue at 2pm, Zanzibar who are unbeaten in four matches will entertain Libya who will be seeking for a qualification slot depending on the outcome of the match between Kenya and Tanzania Mainland Going by the statistics in Group “A”, Harambee Stars have no choice but beat Kilimanjaro Stars since in the event that they lose the encounter and Libya overcomes Zanzibar, the Kenyans will all but bid good-bye to the Championships which they last won at home in 2013.

Granted, winning will be quite a tall order for Harambee Stars given that Tanzania who have already been eliminated in the championship have nothing to lose and may be only too eager to do a favour to their sister nation Zanzibar by making life difficult for Kenya on the pitch.

Kilimanjaro Stars needed to win their final two matches for them to have any hope of progressing to the semifinals but a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rwanda’s Amavubi put paid to their ambitions of progressing in the tournament.

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