Samia, Mwinyi honour Karume boys

ZANZIBAR: PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has invited the Karume Boys for lunch this weekend at the Tunguu-Zanzibar State House to thank the young boys for winning the CECAFA U-15 Cup in Kampala last week.

According to the Zanzibar Minister for Youth, Culture and Sports, Tabia Maulid Mwita, President Samia called her to inform her that she will be hosting lunch for the Karume Boys on Saturday, November 25, to congratulate them on their achievement.

Yesterday, Hussein Ali Mwinyi, the Zanzibar counterpart, hosted lunch at the Mnazi Mmoja based State House to celebrate the team’s accomplishments in the 2023 CECAFA-U15. The Karume Boys presented the trophies they received in Kampala to President Mwinyi.

President Mwinyi praised the team, the coach and everyone who worked hard to secure the team’s victory. He promised to support the development of the young boys by establishing two sports academies, training coaches and building modern football grounds at both the grassroots and national levels.

“We are thrilled to showcase Zanzibar’s football prowess in the region. We pledge to invest more in sports to sustain this achievement,” he said. This announcement came after Tabia Maulid Mwita, the Zanzibar Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, revealed that President Samia had called her to arrange the lunch for the team.

Various individuals, including politicians, government leaders and members of the business community, have praised the Karume Boys and have contributed a total of 95 million Tanzanian shillings in cash and promises, according to the Minister.

The president of the Zanzibar Football Federation (ZFF), Suleiman Jabir and the Deputy Secretary General of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), Mohamed Said Dimwa also thanked the team and urged the government to support their growth as a team in the future.

Zanzibar’s Karume Boys emerged as the winners of the 2023 CECAFA U15 Boys Championship after defeating the host country, Uganda, last Thursday at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru, Uganda.

The closely contested final ended in a 1-1 draw in regular time, but Zanzibar won 4-3 in the penalty shootout.

Mohammed Omar scored the opening goal for Zanzibar in the 19th minute, but midfielder Ibra Ssebagala equalised for Uganda with a powerful header eleven minutes later. In the penalty shootout, Enock Bagenda, Ibra Ssebagala and Richard Okello successfully converted their kicks for Uganda, while Ronald Kigoye and Ratib Gulanyago missed.

On the other hand, Zanzibar scored four out of their five penalties, with Saleh Mbarouk, Adam Shaaban, Hassan Iddi, and Lukman Omar finding the back of the net. Only Fahad Hassan failed to convert his penalty.

In the third-place playoff, Tanzania Mainland secured the bronze medal with a lone goal from Kaniki Seleman against South Sudan.

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