The Gor Mahia custodian saved Dan Sserunkuma’s penalty kick to send Kilimanjaro Stars to the semi-final of the regional tourney in Mombasa
Gor Mahia custodian Ivo Mapunda saved two penalties to help Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars end Uganda Cranes’ quest for Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup trophy at Mombasa Municipal Stadium on Saturday.
Tanzania had their penalties converted by skipper Kelvin Patrick Yondani, Ramadhan Kiemba and substitute Idd Athumani as Mbwana Samatta and Erasto Nyoni Edward splashed theirs.
On the other hand, Uganda scored through Hamis Kiiza and Emmanuel Okwi with Khalid Aucho, Godfrey Walusimbi and Dan Sserunkuma wasting their shootouts.
A beautiful brace from Tanzanian danger man, Mrisho Ngassa had put Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Stars in a well deserved lead after 45th minute in the first quarter-final match. Gor Mahia striker Dan Sserunkuma had put Uganda ahead in the 16th minute following a beautifully laid low ball down the right flank from Hamis 'Diego' Kizza.
But a lapse in the backline in 72nd minute cost Tanzania dear with defender Martin Mpugaequalizing for Uganda Cranes. Tanzania played most of the second half with ten men after Salum ‘Sure boy’ Abubakar was shown a straight red in the 53rd minute after stamping Godfrey Walusimbi on the knee.
However, Tanzania felt aggrieved as just before Thomas Ulimwengu had been fouled near the corner flag but the referee never gave them a free-kick. Sserunkuma had opened the lead for Uganda in the 16th minute tapping in Hamisi Kiiza’s cross but that lasted only two minutes, Ngassa hitting the back of the net with a long range shot.
Ngassa completed his brace five minutes to the break with a swerving free-kick that beat Ochan. In the second half with Tanzania down to ten men, Uganda took full advantage of their one man superiority and it paid off in the 72nd minute Martin Mpunga banging home from a scrambled corner-kick.