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Gor Mahia ends Vipers’ CECAFA dreams

Tadeo Lwanga (left) scored Vipers only goal on Sunday (Photo by Agency)

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018

Gor Mahia 2-1 Vipers SC

National Stadium, Dar es Salaam

Sunday, 08-07-2018

Reigning Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC throw away a 1-0 lead on Sunday to lose their Quarter Final tie with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia at the ongoing CECAFA Kagame cup in Tanzania.

The Venoms took the lead on 15 minutes with a 30 yard strike from midfielder and Captain Tadeo Lwanga but failed to add on to their advantage.

Rwanda Amavubi striker Jacques Tuyisenge found the equalizer for Gor Mahia in the 47th minute.

Gor Mahia’s Burundian new recruit Francis Mustafa, signed from Rwanda Premier League outfit Kiyovu Sports, tapped home the 55th goal of this year’s edition of the competition in the 73rd minute to put the game to bed.

Mustafa’s goal arrived after Viper’ newly signed goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya had parried Tuyisenge’s shot initial shot on target.

The result signaled the end of the road for Vipers who were competing in their second ever CECAFA tournament after a similarly disappointing show in 2010.

Vipers SC coach said he saw plenty of encouraging signs in his side’s loss to Gor mahia but admitted he wants his boys to be fearless in their defending.

“There was a lot of good play going on today, a lot of movement and how they have gone about their business on the ball and also off it in general play, explained the Portuguese.

“You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyze where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we may have showed.

“I think we had the first chances in the game so overall l believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in.

“It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.

In the other quarter final, Tanzanian side Simba out classed a hard fighting AS Ports from horn of Africa nation Djibouti 1-0.

Super substitute Mohammed Rashid scored the price-less goal 9 minutes after replacing injured Adam Salamba in the 57th minute.

Gor Mahia faces the winner of the last eight clash between defending champions and home side Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports, who face off on Monday afternoon.

Vipers XI

Bashir Ssekagya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba (Pius Wangi), Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Steven Mukwala (Brian Nkuubi), Milton Karisa, Dan Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde.

Fixtures Monday, 9th July 2018:

-Azam (Tanzania) Vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda) – 4PM

-Singida United (Tanzania) Vs Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (Tanzania) -7PM

*Both matches at National Stadium, Dar es salaam

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