CECAFA 2012: Zanzibar 6-5 Burundi: Heroes need penalties to storm semi-finals

Zanzibar goalkeeper Ali Mwadini the hero as 'The Heroes' power into the last four after a nerve wrecking post match penalties against Burundi
Zanzibar Heroes stormed into the semi-finals of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after overcoming Burundi 6-5 in a nerve wrecking post match penalties after the two sides had remained deadlocked after regulation time.

Assa Aragaza, Ahmed Adoyong, Juma Jaku, Samir Nuhu, Aggrey Moris and Arakaza all found the target for the Heroes while Burundi had their spot-kicks converted by Stephen, Christopher Mwajani, Kiruikie, Salam Nasur and Juma. Danger man Suleiman Ndikumana and Abdul Fistol missed their attempt.

In regulation time, the two sides had remained deadlocked in a see -saw affair with each side giving every attempt in the match in a bid to find the elusive goal.

In a game of two halves, the Zanzibar Heroes dominated the first half with endless barrages of attacks in Burundi’s goal mouth to no avail.

However, after the breather the momentum of the game took a different course with Zanzibar being forced to the back foot.

Zanzibar’s keeper Ali Mwadini was particularly outstanding between the posts as he had a busy afternoon. Mwadini was twice called to action making crucial saves as he thwarted a Ndikumana double attempt in an interval of five minutes.

Kasim Suleiman was a particular danger to Burundi rear guard with his jinxing runs. Suleiman created a neat chance in the 60th minute after making a solo run, to weave way between Burundi’s two defenders only to see his fierce drive miss the target by inches.

In the 68th minute, Juma Jack came close for Zanzibar firing from the edge of the box, but the alert Burundi custodian safely nabbed the ball.

Burundi could have grabbed a late winner in the 87th minute but Mwadini once again fluffed the ball out of danger from a right flank cross of Aggrey Moris.