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Jesse Were hit a brace against Buildicon in Absa Cup semi-final

18:57 IST 15/06/2019
Jesse Were of Zesco United.
Were was overlooked by Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne for the upcoming Afcon duties and his exclusion has brewed an intense public debate

Kenya international Jesse Were was the hero as he scored a brace to guide Zesco United to a 2-0 win over Buildicon and into the 2019 Absa Cup final.

Were, who was overlooked for the Afcon June-July competitions in Egypt, proved too hot to be handled by their city rivals at Nkoloma Stadium in the second semi-final of the domestic cup competition.

The former Mathare United and Tusker FC striker found the net for the first time in the afternoon in the 40th minute after he was put through on goal by Lazarous Kambole. The Kenyan striker did not err as buried the ball into the far post.

Kambole, who recently joined South Africa giants Kaizer Chiefs, was fouled inside Buildicon's area in the 53rd minute and that gave Were a chance to double Zesco United's lead.

Were converted the spot kick with precision to earn himself a brace and ensured that his Ndola-based side booked a final slot once more.

Anthony Akumu was also involved after he failed to make Kenya's 23-man Afcon squad. 

Zesco United will face Zanaco in the final match to be played at the Levy Mwanawasa on June 21 after edging Green Eagles 3-2 in the first semi-final match.

Despite being left out of Sebastien Migne's Harambee Stars squad, Were will cheer on Kenya as they compete at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Kenya have been drawn in Group C alongside East African neighbours Tanzania, Algeria and tournament favourites Senegal.