Gor Mahia FC goalkeeper David Mapigano has survived Coach Juma Mgunda’s 11-man chop that has seen the Tanzanian mainland team- Kilimanjaro Stars, cut down ahead of the annual CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup set to be held in Uganda.
Mapigano makes the three keepers cut at the expense of veteran shot-stopper Juma Kaseja who is among the star players dropped by Mgunda. Others to have been dropped included Salum Abubakar, Shaban Iddi Chilunda and Iddi Suleiman Nado all of Azam.
The Gor Mahia man will, however, have to fight for his place against Young Africans SC’s Metacha Mnata and Simba SC’s Aishi Manula Salum.
Coach Mgunda has stuck to his legion of local-based players with such seasoned names as Kelvin Yondani, Hussein Mohammed and Juma Abdul included for the tourney that kicks-off this weekend.
Rashid Chambo (IK Frej Taby/Sweden), Nickson Kibabage (Difaa Hassan El Jadida/Morocco) and Eliuter Mpepo (Buildcon) are the other three names that do not feature in the domestic Tanzanian league.
Goalkeepers: Metacha Mnata (Yanga SC), Aishi Manula (Simba SC) David Mapigano (Gor Mahia).
Defenders: Juma Abdul (Yanga SC), Nickson Kibabage (Difaa Hassan El Jadid/Morocco), Gadiel Michael (Simba SC), Mwaita Gereza (Kagera Sugar), Mohamed Hussein (Simba SC), Bakari Mwamnyeto (Coastal Union), Kelvin Yondani (Yanga SC) and Baraka Majogoro (Tanzania Police).
Midfielders: Jonas Mkude (Simba SC), Zawadi Mauya (Kagera Sugar), Muzamir Yassin (Simba SC) and Hassan Dilunga (Simba SC)
Strikers: Ditram Nchimbi (Tanzania Police), Cleoface Mkandala (Tanzania Prisons), Paul Nonga (Lipuli FC), Miraji Athumani (Simba SC), Eliuter Mpepo (Buildcon/Zambia), Lucas Kikoti (Namungo FC) na Rashid Chambo (IK Frej Taby/Sweden).
Tanzania is pooled alongside holders Kenya, Sudan and their island brothers Zanzibar Heroes. They play Kenya in the opener scheduled for Sunday, December 8th.