Coming into the tournament as underdogs, Suleiman Hemed’s charges have proved to everyone that they can be a force to reckon with and have glided past the region’s big sides to make it to their second final in history.“History can repeat itself. We are determined to go all the way and do this for the hundreds of thousands of people back home. We have gone through so many difficulties even to get here and this is the ultimate prize we can give ourselves,” Suleiman Kassim Selembe, the team captain said.Kenya’s Ovellah Ochieng attempts to go past Zanzibar’s Hajji Mininya during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Group match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTo make it to the final, Zanzibar beat highly fancied Uganda who had brought in their ‘A’ squad 2-1 in the semis. In the group stages, they beat the region’s finest in CHAN-bound Rwanda and ‘big brothers’ Tanzania, both convincingly.They now fold their sleeves to strangle down Kenya, a side with whom they drew 0-0 in the group stage meeting. Head coach Hemed is confident that his side can beat Kenya especially pointing out that in their 0-0 draw, he rested most of his key men.“We know Kenya and how they play and as much as I think it will be a tough match, I know my boys can match them. Playing against the hosts is not easy but we are prepared to fight to the last drop of sweat and get a good result,” Hemed noted.Midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame who has been one of the brightest stars for the Zanzibar Heroes has promised they will drown Kenya right infront of their fans and has warned the hosts not to expect anything easy.“We will beat Kenya, I assure you. We have analyzed them and we know how to tackle them. They are a beatable side. We are confident in ourselves and we will show what we can do in the final,” Makame said.Zanzibar Heroes midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame drives forward under close watch from Kenya’s Whyvonne Isuza during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPrior to the group stage meeting last week, the last time Kenya met Zanzibar was in the 2015 Senior Challenge Cup in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the islanders came off 3-1 winners.In 1995 when they won the trophy, Kenya beat them 2-0 in the group stages.Ahead of the final, Zanzibar will welcome back influential left back Haji Mininya who missed the semi-finals due to suspension while the injured Kassim Suleiman Khamis who has scored two goals off the bench in the tournament should be back from injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zanzibar head coach Suleiman hemed Morocco applauds before a previous CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya Dec 17- A little bit of history glides in their favor; the last time Zanzibar won the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in 1995, they beat the hosts (Uganda) and were in the same group with Kenya.Fast forward to 22 years later, the islanders hope they repeat the same bit of history when they tackle the Harambee Stars in the final of the Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
“The Real Jesus Beyond the Stereotypes,” a 14-week lecture seminar based on Philip Yancy’s “The Jesus I Never Knew,” 11:30a.m. Sunday, Kirk O’ the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1960 Vanowen St., Reseda. Free. Call (818) 345-2535 or see www.kirkval.org. World Healing Ceremony, 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Spiritual Unity Movement meets at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (866) 204-2261 or see www.spiritualunitymovement.org. “Firefighters’ Quest for Burn Survivors” will be discussed by retired Firefighter Bill Jensen at a meeting of the Fellowship Club of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:45p.m. Friday, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Potluck dinner, 6-7p.m. Reservations and dish assignment by Tuesday, (818) 241-2577. Call (818) 240-3860. “Be Still and Know,” a prayer, meditation and healing service led by the Revs. Robert M. Bock, Louise Sloan Goben and Jefferson Beeker, 7p.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. Call (818) 763-8218 or see www.fccnh.org. The Book of Habakkuk study class, 7:30p.m. Wednesday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Holy Eucharist, 6:30p.m. and supper, 7p.m. Call (818) 785-4251. Fall family festival, 2-7p.m. today, Bethel Christian Reformed and Sol del Valle churches, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-4488. St. Matthew’s Church 60th anniversary organ recital, 4p.m. today, 1920 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 842-3138 or see www.matthewchurch.com. “A Night to Remember the Way,” a country-gospel concert, 7-9p.m. today, Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive. Nonperishable food donations will be collected for the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank. Free. Call (805) 498-2129 or see www.npfcc.org. “Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense,” a 12-week adult education study begins at 9:30a.m. Sunday, St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 345-2057. “Five Great World Religions,” a DVD lecture series, will continue with “Islam in the West” and “The Future of Islam,” 7:15p.m. Thursday, Chatsworth West United Methodist Church, 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 341-1270. Organ recital by Hector Olivera, 7:30p.m. Friday, Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 220 E. Elk Ave., Glendale. Free. Call (818) 421-8858 or (818) 247-2222. Sukkot services, 8p.m. Friday and 10:45a.m. Sept. 29, Adat Y’shua Ha Adon Messianic Jewish Congregation, meeting at 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 222-0200. Yard sale, 8a.m.-3p.m. Sept. 29, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 8520 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka. Call (818) 341-3460. Zen Buddhist master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh will lead a peace walk,, 9:30a.m. Sept. 29, MacArthur Park, 2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles. He will lecture on “Celebrating Our Peace and Joy: Detecting and Transforming Our Fear and Discrimination,” 7p.m. Sept. 29, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. Ticket prices vary. Call (800) 331-2621 or see www.deerparkmonastery.org. Chancel Choir Fall Concert, 3p.m. Sept. 30, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. An offering will be taken. Call (818) 886-1555. Gandhi Day, presented by Valley Interfaith Council, 4:30-6:30p.m. Sept. 30, Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 De Soto Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-4266 or see www.vic-la.org. “Be Different” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Marilyn Jensen-Johnson, 10a.m. Sunday, when the Religious Science Church of Glendale meets at the Glendale Masonic Lodge, 244 N. Maryland Ave. Call (818) 244-1404. “Different People, Different Beliefs, One Faith” will be the topic discussed by Gloria Burr, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. Moslems of Messiah, 7a.m. Sundays, Cornerstone Community Church, 2080 Winifred St., Simi Valley. Call (818) 307-2513 or see www.moslemsofmessiah.org. New member open house, 9:30a.m. Sunday, Church of the Foothills, 13425 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar. Call (818) 362-7700. “No One Can Serve Two Masters” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lui Tran, 10a.m. Sunday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-8111. “No Separation” will be the message delivered by Mary Lowe, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “Of Moldy Hymns and Dusty Stories” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. “Ride the Wave” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451 or see www.centerofspiritualawakening.com. “Take a Chance on Life” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 268-0036. “Understanding the Age: Sabotage in the Field” will be the message delivered by Larry Redekopp, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651 or see www.heartchurch.com. “What Are Good Deeds and Good News?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “God Loves Me Only When I’m Good” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. “When Exorcisms Go Bad” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!