KCCA, El Merreikh face-off in Cecafa Kagame Cup Semis
UGANDA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS KCCA will face Sudanese giants El Merreikh in the semi-final of the lucrative 2014 CecafaKagame Cup tournament underway in Kigali-Rwanda.
George ‘Best’ Nsimbe’s side thrashed hapless Atlabara 3-1 in the second quarter final match of the day which was played a minutes after El Merreikh secured their semi-final spot after defeating Tanzania’s Azam Fc 4-3 on penalties.
It was the only quarter final game of the tournament whose winner was decided in the normal 90 minutes after remaining the three quarter final matches needed spot kicks to determine the eventual winner.
KCCA dominated the proceedings as Atlabara came second best in all departments. The Ugandan side needed three minutes to notch the opening goal when Brian Majwegapounced on Brian Umony’s neat pass to score past goalie MpenziJecko.
Majwega could have extended the lead four minutes later but poor finishing cost him as failed to connect a cross from Umony who tormented Atlabara’sdefence.
Umony scored the second goal for KCCA in the 31st minute when he curled a dazzling free kick past the defense wall following Majwega’s foul at the edge of the box.
At the death of half time, an effort from Tom Masiko would have made it 3-0 but his shot went wide as Atlabara lost possession of the ball.
In the second half, skipper SebitAjak and DakKujbor made two attempts in front of KCCA’s goal but the scare was well contained with good ball clearance from Richard Kasagga.
The Lugogo-based outfit scored the third goal in the 74th minute courtesy of Hakim Ssenkumba who put to use a neat cross off Brian Umony’s effort to snatch his maiden goal of the tournament.
Atlabara who were making their maiden debut in the tournament, secured the consolation goal through a penalty with three minutes to go from substitute Paul Oliver following Habib Kavuma’s tackle on KujborDak.
In the earlier game, El Merreikh and Azam settled for a goalless draw with both sides wasting many goal attempts. Azam were to blame for the exit as they failed to utilize many goal scoring chances they got compared to the Sudanese outfit.
Kipre Herman TcheTche, Leonel Saint Preux and Bolou Wilfred Michael were all at fault as they each got over three clear opportunities to bury the ball past El Merreikh goalie Magoola Salim Omar but couldn’t do so.
El Merreikh also wasted many chances courtesy of Malian striker Traore Mohamed, Elbasha Ahmed and BakhietKhamis Mohamed as they took control of the second half but still the final whistle was blown with both team tied on a goalless draw forcing the winner to be decided on penalties.
In the shootout, Ayman Said Mohammed, Al Gafer Hussein, Allan Wanga and MagdiAbdelatifscored for El Merreikh as ElbashaKhamis Mohamed missed his spot kick while Lionel Saint Preux and ShomariKapombe couldn’t emulate ErastoNyoni, Didier Kavumbagu and Aggrey Morris who clinically converted their spot kicks to bow out of the tournament despite being considered potential contenders.
KCCA and El Merreikh will now crash in Friday’s semi-finals at Kigali Regional Stadium. Both teams will be engaged in a repeat of the CAF Champions league preliminary round matches where KCCA eliminated El Merriekh 3-2 on aggregates.
El Merreikh 0-0 Azam
*El Merreikh wins 4-3 on penalties
KCCA 3-1 Atlabara
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KCCA vs. El Merreikh