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Uganda to face Tanzania in Cecafa Cup semis

Ivorian Serge Koudio (left) and Malawi's Victor Nyirenda
Ivorian Serge Koudio tussles for the ball with Malawi's Victor Nyirenda

Holders Uganda will play hosts Tanzania in the semi-finals of the Cecafa Cup after both teams registered victories in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Uganda defeated Zanzibar 5-3 on penalties after regulation time 2-2 while Tanzania advanced thanks to 1-0 in the second quarter final game.

The Cranes took the lead in their game against Zanzibar with a 15th minute strike by Mike Sserumaga.

The Zanzibaris to pull level in the 35th minute when Mcha Khamis sliced a free-kick round the Uganda wall and past goalkeeper Robert Ogongkara.

Okwi Emanuel restored Uganda's lead in the 50th minute from the spot after Steven Bengo was fouled in the box.

Aggrey Morris restored parity on 87 minutes to push the match into penalties.

Meanwhile, captain Shadrack Nsajigwa converted a second half penalty to give Tanzania their win over Rwanda.

Nsajigwa dispatched the spot kick in the 61st minute after John Bocco was fouled in the box.

Tanzania will play Uganda in the last four while the first semi final will pit Ethiopia against guests Ivory Coast also on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

Ivory Coast and Ethiopia booked their semi-finals after both teams registered victories on Tuesday.

The Ivorians, a guest side in the tournament for East and Central African clubs, booked their place when beating Malawi 1-0.

The match was evenly contested until late on as Kipre Tchetche grabbed the vital goal just ten minutes from time.

"We did not deserve to lose," said Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri. "But we have all learnt a lot from this tournament and look forward to being invited again next year."

His Ivorian counterpart Koudio Georges said progressing to the semis was good for his young side.

"We are learning a lot from every match and now look forward to meeting Ethiopia," he explained.

The Ethiopians, who qualified as a best runner-up, made it through when beating Group A winners Zambia 2-1.

The East Africans took the lead against the guest side after just 18 minutes through Tesfaye Alebachew.

Omond Okwury doubled the lead shortly after and the Chipolopolo's hopes plummeted further when Thomas Nyirenda was sent off after 36 minutes.

Nonetheless, Felix Sunzu pulled a goal back just before the hour to set up a tense finish.

"We are happy to be in the semis although we seemed to lose breath in the final minutes, which is not very good," said Ethiopia's English coach Iffy Onoura.



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