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Tanzanian side Singida United will face Gor Mahia in the semi-finals of the SportPesa Super Cup tomorrow after beating AFC Leopards 4-2 on post-match penalties during an entertaining quarter-final match staged at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru yesterday.
The match was decided on penalties after both teams played to a 0-0 draw in regulation time.
A wasteful Leopards will only have themselves to blame after squandering several golden chances in the highly-physical match.
Marvin Omondi would have broken the deadlock in the early minutes when Singida’s defender Diaby Amara lost control on the wet surface but failed to capitalise on the golden chance.
In the 26th minute, Dennis Shikayi failed to score after collecting a loose ball before firing a strong shot that the visitors’ custodian Peter Manyika easily saved to the disappointment of the loud Leopards fans.
Two minutes later, Brian Marita made a dazzling run on the right wing before crossing to Jaffari Odenyi whose well-placed shot was punched out.
Marita was at it again in the 39th minute when he made another superb run on the wing before cleverly passing to Ray Omondi who failed to score with one man to beat.
Ingwe’s keeper Ezekiel Owade was only tested by the Singida strikers in the late minutes of the first half when Ally Kenny fired a thunderbolt from outside the box but the former was quick to punch it out as the scores remained 0-0 at the break.
Upon resumption, both teams failed to crack the other but Leopards would have an upper hand when they were awarded a penalty after Kipaga Salum fouled Odenyi inside the box. Whyvonne Isuza stepped up to take the penalty but it was punched out, straight into the legs of Ray Ochieng whose rebound was easily dealt with by Manyika.
Sensing danger, Singida retreated to defend until the final whistle.
During the spot kicks, Singida’s Ally Ken had his penalty saved while Ingwe captain Robison Kamura scored, giving them an advantage. Shafik Batambuze then restored parity for the Tanzanian side as Baker Lukooya of Leopards had his well-calculated shot hit the cross bar.
Adam Miraji, Lyanga Danny scored for the visitors while Moses Mburu’s kick went wide, leaving Leopards trailing 2-3 and it was Sumbi Elinyesia final kick that ensured the visitors booked a date with Gor. The other semi-final tie will pit Kenyan side Kakamega Homeboyz against Tanzanian champions Simba.