Tusker edge out Jamhuri of Pemba to cruise into the semi-final of Mapinduzi Cup

New acquisition Jesse Were scored the all important goal in the 10th minute to guarantee the Kenya champions qualification as Group leaders

Kenya champions Tusker FC edged out Jamhuri of Pemba 1-0 to qualify for the sem-final of the on-going Mapinduzi Cup tournament in Zanzibar.

Jesse Were scored the all important goal in the 10th minute to guarantee the brewers qualification as group leaders. Simba of Tanzania finished second in the Group after being held to a 1-1 all draw by a determined Bandari side.

Tusker under the tutelage of Robert Matano, will now face Coastal Union, who have Kenyan Jerry Santos in their squad. Before joining Coastal Union, Santos played for Tusker.

Defending champions Azam FC comprehensively thrashed Miembeni SC of Zanzibar 3-1 as they moved closer to qualifying for the last four.

Azam broke the deadlock just after two minutes from the kick off with a fine finish from Kenyan defender Jockins Atudo, finishing off countryman, Humphrey Mieno’s pass.

However, Azam’s celebrations were short-lived as Miembeni hit level two minutes later through Adeyoum Saleh. The ‘ice cream’ makers went on rampage after conceding an equalizer. They missed several clear cut chances and had to wait until in the 35th minute when towering striker, Gaudence Mwaikimba banged in after outpacing defenders.

Earlier at the same venue, Coastal Union of Tanga and Mtibwa Sugar fought to a 1-1 draw in a Group B match.

After a barren first period Mtibwa were the first to score in the 58th minute through Ally Mohamed ‘Gaucho’.

Skipper Jerry Santos cancelled the lead with less than ten minutes to the final whistle scoring from 21 metres with a thunderous shot to level the scores in minute 81.

This is the second draw for Coastal Union, who also drew 0-0 in their first tournament match against Azam FC. Coastal Union’s final Group B match will be against Miembeni of Zanzibar.