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Brave Ocean Stars In Narrow Loss To Tanzania

Somalia lost 1-0 to Tanzania in their  African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers first leg encounter at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday afternoon.

Abdoul Sopu in the 46th minute was enough to secure a Tanzania victory but Somalia gave a good account of themselves, with a number of attempts on goal.

But the Tanzanians deserved their victory, played out before just over 10 000 fans, with Somalia lacking quality in the final third despite their efforts.

Somalia were quick out of the blocks in the first half, but they nearly went behind in the 14th minute from a counter-attack as Farham Ahmed side-footed a low volley was tipped over the bar by Tanzanian custodian Aishi Manula.

The Taifa Stars settled better in the game after going ahead but they lacked the urgency going forwad, as they found themselves absorbing the pressure and playing on transitions.

Kim Poulsen ‘s charges had the attacking momentum towards the end of the first stanza as they put Somalia  under pressure but they were unable to trouble Aweis Ali.

Tanzania had a quick start in the second stanza as Abdoul Sopu found the opener within two  minutes from the restart with a powerful header after a neat cross.

Abukadir Aden had a glorious chance to restore parity for Somalia, 15 minutes before time after he was picked out at the far post from a cross, but he struck his half-volley slightly wide, going for power instead of placement.

Poulsen’s troops were staying compact at the back with five minutes remaining looking to protect their lead, while he introduced Relinats Lusanjo and Farid Mussa for the final 10 minutes.

The Ocean Boys pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages, but the Taifa Stars managed to hold on to a valuable ‘away’ win.






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