In Summary
  • The game was tied 0-0 after 90 minutes.

IN DAR ES SALAAM

Defending champions Azam on Wednesday beat Gor Mahia 2-0 after extra time to sail into the Cecafa Kagame Cup final in a tough semi-final match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Ditrim Nchimbi and Bruce Kangwa goals in extra time goals sent the defending champions into the final where they will face the winner of the other semi-final pitting Simba against Zanzibar's JKU.

Gor and Azam had played to a goalless draw in regular time before Nchimbi broke the deadlock in the 92nd minute with a shot from outside 18 after Gor defenders failed to clear Yahya Zayd’s shot that had been blocked by Harun Shakava.

Desperate for an equaliser, Gor pushed men upfront but were denied by Azam goalkeeper Razak Abalora’s splendid saves and eight minutes later, Kangwa delightfully broke on the counter, beat his marker Charles Momanyi with pace to slot home from the near post past a hapless Boniface Oluoch.

There was drama prior to kick-off, with Gor's playing unit and officials refusing to use their designated dressing room here so as to “avoid witchcraft” that could allegedly influence the outcome of the match. They instead opted to use the verandah just at the entrance of the 60,000-seater stadium.

The Kenyan champions looked lacklustre early on in the much-hyped semi-final, a repeat of the 2015 final which Azam won by a similar scoreline except that they didn't need extra time three years ago.

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