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Uganda beat Tanzania in Cecafa Cup, faces Rwanda on Finals

[Posted 09 Dec 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Uganda beat Tanzania in Cecafa Cup, faces Rwanda on Finals

Uganda Cranes  secured a 3-1 victory Over hosts Tanzania,  to book a final date with Rwanda in the Cecafa Cup this Saturday.


Normal time, ended one apiece at the National Stadium yesterday after Mrisho Ngasha had given Tanzania an 18th minute lead but Uganda leveled through skipper Andy Mwesigwa’s header in the 56th  minute.


Emma Okwi’s header, past Tanzania’s custodian  Juma Kaseja on 102 minute and Isaac Isinde penalty in the  111 minutes ensured there were no spot kicks.

It’s on spot kicks that Tanzania eliminated Uganda at the same stage and same National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, in last year’s edition.


Uganda will now face Rwanda on Saturday in a repeat of the 2009 edition when the Cranes beat the Amavubi Stars 2-0 in to lift their 11th record title. Rwanda had earlier edged Sudan 2-1 to progress to the finals.

Boniface Mkwasa’s charges took care of happenings early with Juma Jabu and Ngasa all testing goalkeeper Abel Dhaira. Bobby Williamson’s side had to up their game or pay. They didn’t. They paid. Ngasa raced onto a long ball from his own half and beat Isinde, with Dhaira racing off his line to clear the danger.


In the process, an unenthusiastic Dhaira was beaten to the ball by Ngasa before scoring into an empty net for a 1-0 lead on 18 minutes. Tonny Mawejje then forced Kaseja into a fine save before the hosts threatened to extend their lead when Mwesigwa shilly-shallied with a high ball, losing it to Ngasa, who cut it back for Ibrahim Javu but his shot rocked off the woodwork.


The Tanzanians were in rhythm going into the break but the Cranes were to return a changed side. Enterprising Sula Matovu beat his marker before crossing to Hamis Kiiza but the Yanga striker’s weak header was taken care of by Kaseja.


The equalizer did come two minutes later, with Mwesigwa heading beyond Kaseja off a Mike Sserumaga quickly taken corner in the 56th minute. Emma Okwi then replaced Mike Sserumaga and should have made it 2-1 following his solo run into the area but Kaseja was again immovable.


The last 20 minutes of normal time were more of physical play and Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema was in an uncompromising mood, dishing one yellow card after another, although he will have restrained himself in some instances.


One on those cards went to Godfrey Walusimbi and ruled him out of the final having got booked in the quarter final win over Zimbabwe. The 90 couldn’t produce a winner, just like last year, and extra time had to be called on.


Into the extra and Shaaban Nditi, who will rue the miss of the tournament, inexplicably headed off the line with Dhaira out of goal. Mkwasa on the bench could not believe his sight.


Okwi should have punished them moments later the other end but Kaseja thwarted him, again. Not when Simeon Masaba crossed from the right. The Simba striker, Okwi, out-jumped his marker to send in a diving header past Kaseja for a 2-1 lead.


Isinde put it beyond doubt, beating Kaseja from the spot kick after Okwi was brought down in the area.

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