2018 CECAFA Kagame Cup:

  • Quarter finals
  • Gor Mahia (Kenya) 2-1 Vipers (Uganda)
  • Simba (Tanzania) 1-0 AS Ports (Djibouti)
[/media-credit] Francis Mustafa celebrates after scoring against Vipers at the National Stadium, Dar es salaam on Sunday Credit: Vincent Opiyo

Gor Mahia, home to Uganda Cranes’ left back Godfrey Walusimbi, recovered from a goal down to eliminate Vipers from the CECAFA Kagame Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, on Sunday.

Midfielder Tadeo Lwanga, also Vipers captain led perfectly with thunderbolt from 30 yards on the opening quarter hour mark for arguably goal of the tournament so far.

Lwanga’s well taken shot with the outside of his right foot found goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch napping as it sailed into the top right corner of the goal post to spark wild celebrations on the pitch, technical area, terraces and hundreds watching on television.

Rwanda Amavubi striker Jacques Tuyisenge found the equaliser for K’Ogalo in the 47th minute.

Gor Mahia’s Burundian new recruit Francis Mustafa, signed from Rwanda Premier League outfit Kiyovu Sports, tapped home in the 73rd minute to put the game to bed.

Mustafa’s goal arrived after Vipers’ newly signed goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya had parried Tuyisenge’s shot earlier shot on target.

In the other quarter final, Tanzanian side Simba out muscled a hard fighting AS Ports from horn of Africa nation Djibouti 1-0.

Super substitute Mohammed Rashid scored the price-less goal 9 minutes after replacing injured Adam Salamba in the 57th minute.

Gor Mahia faces the winner of the last eight clash between defending champions and home side Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports, who face off on Monday afternoon, in the first semi-final set for Wednesday.

Simba will take on the winner between Singida United and Zanzibar’s Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU).

Meanwhile, the two other semi-finals will be played on Monday evening.

Nico Wakiro Wadada’s Azam takes on Rayon Sports from Rwanda in the early kick off at 4PM before Singida United will entertain Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi from Zanzibar at 7PM.

“Credit to my players they dominated the whole game, fought hard despite the fatigue, but just as I asked them before the match to show character, they came in and did just that,” Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr as quoted by Nation Sport noted after the match.

Fixtures For Monday, 9th July 2018:

  • Azam (Tanzania) Vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda) – 4PM
  • Singida United (Tanzania) Vs Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (Tanzania) -7PM

*Both matches at National Stadium, Dar es salaam

Team Line Ups:

Gor Mahia XI: Boniface Oluoch (G.K), Innocent Wafula, Godfrey Walusimbi, Shakava Haron (Captain), Philemon Otieno, Ernest Wendo, Charles Momanyi, Humprey Mieno, Jacques Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo, Francis Mustafa

Subs: Shaaban Odhoji (G.K), Bernard Ondiek, Juma Lawrence, Kevin Omondi, Ephrem Guiekan, Samuel Onyango, Francis Kahata

Head coach: Dyllan Kerr (England)

Vipers XI: Bashir Sekagya (G.K), Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba, Bashir Asiku, Geofrey Wasswa, Tadeo Lwanga (Captain), Milton Karisa, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Steven Mukwala, Dan Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde

Subs: Eric Kibowa (G.K), Fred Okot, Pius Wanji, Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula, Aggrey Madoi, Ashraf Mandela, Frank Tumwesigye

Head coach: Duarte Miguel Da Costa

Match officials:

  • Center Referee: Emmanuel Mwandembwa (Tanzania)
  • 1st Assistant Referee: Mohamed Salim Mkono (Tanzania)
  • 2nd Assistant Referee: Gassim Madir Dehya (South Sudan)
  • Fourth official: Ring Malong (South Sudan)
  • General Coordinator: Guirreh Okieh Adeweh (Djibouti)
  • Match Commissioner: Ramadhan Nasib (Tanzania)
  • Referees’ Assessor: Ali Ahmed (Somalia)
  • Media Officer: Bonnie Mugabe (Rwanda)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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