CECAFA: Bright Stars warm up for major upset against Tanzania

CECAFA: Bright Stars warm up for major upset against Tanzania
Bright Starlets train ahead of their CECAFA match against Tanzania. [Photo: Courtesy of SAFA]

South Sudan will be going all out for a historic first victory when they take on Tanzania in the opening match of the CECAFA Women’s Championship today, June 2, in Kampala.

Bright Starlets have never won a match at the regional competition but Coach Shilene Booysen has challenged her girls to go all out and do the unthinkable.

“You need to approach the games with a lot of seriousness,” the former Banyana Banyana tactician told her players yesterday. 

But Booysen knows that it is not going to be an easy ride; that Tanzania are not push overs.

Twiga Stars are still reeling from a 2019 defeat at the hands of Kenya, in the final barley two years ago. The Tanzanians know that meeting a relatively weaker opponents like Bright Stars, in the opener, would be big opportunity to run away with the maximum points.

But Booysen is not cowed by the past records either. The South African told her charges to approach this game with a lot of composure, telling her players to joyously protectant the ball if they are to outsmart their opponents.

She knows that to advance to the next stage, or at least for the underdogs to pull a surprise, they must slay a few giants along the way. 

Bright Starlets will also face Zanzibar and Ethiopia in the other Group B matches.

Sony Harriet Amaka, the team’s assistant told The City Review from Kampala that the mood in the camp was upbeat adding they were ready to face Tanzania. 

“Everything is fine. The head coach advised the players on how to take over Tanzania tomorrow (Thursday),” said Amaka.

Captain Emy Lasu though upbeat that the team will outdo their 2019 overall performance, told defenders to be ruthless at the back.

“We want to offer our best effort and avoid a recurrence of our previous CECAFA performance, in which we failed to win a single game “Captain Lusa made a statement. 

“We want to give a performance better than the last time we were at CECAFA, and to ensure we don’t concede a lot of goals.

“The best we are hoping for is to get at least one win in those three matches if worst comes to worst,” Lasu emphasised.

Zanzibar will take on Ethiopia in an early game at noon before the Bright Starlets face Tanzania at 3:00 PM East African time.

Group A has hosts Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Rwanda.