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Tanzania’s Singida knock Kenyan giants
Leopards out into SportPesa Super Cup semi

NAKURU (Xinhua) -- Singida United FC from Tanzania toppled Kenyan giants AFC Leopards 4-2 on penalties in the 2018 SportPesa Super Cup  quarterfinal here on Tuesday.

Singida, the losing Tanzania domestic Cup finalists, thus completed the semifinal lineup of the eight-team regional invitational tournament after their evenly contested encounter with Leopards ended in a barren stalemate in regulation time.

They will play in the second semifinal of the tournament against title holders and Kenyan champions, Gor Mahia FC on Thursday.

Kakamega Homeboyz FC (Kenya) will face Tanzanian league winners Simba FC in the first semifinal.

Leopards midfielder, Whyvonne Isuza will rue his missed penalty in the second half that would have given Leopards the lead and had to see their team followed Yanga FC (Tanzania), Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (Zanzibar) and Kariobangi Sharks FC (Kenya) in crashing out of the competition.

Both teams began the contest well, enjoying equal share of possession but Singida went close in the fifth minute when a Mundia Lubinda header was gathered by Ezekiel Owade in the Leopards goal having arrived to the box unmarked.

Leopards’ Brian Marita, who was looking lively in the opening quarter, then sent in a cross to the back post in the ninth minute but Simon Mburu’s header went wide.

Singida picked up the pace and went close again two minutes later when Kenny Ally unleashed a ferocious shot that was blocked by defender Salim Abdallah.

Marvin Omondi skipped past two players in the 22nd but his low cross into the area went unconnected after nobody got to it for Leopards.

The resultant corner ended up at Marita’s feet on the edge of the box but he sent his right-footed shot just over the bar.



Uganda’s Nsibambi joins Egyptian Premier League side Smouha FC

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s Derrick Nsibambi has joined Egyptian Premier League side Smouha FC from the Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) on a three-year deal.

KCCA FC communications officer Moses Magero told Xinhua on Wednesday that the striker, who also plays for the national team, had signed with the Egyptian side on Tuesday.

“The player returns this Friday to sort out a few issues before he rejoins his new club for the preseason,” Magero said.

The 23-year-old striker, who was instrumental in helping KCCA FC reach the group stage of the 2018 Confederation of African Football Champions League, also made his debut for the national team last year.

“I am happy for Nsibambi. Although he has not had a good season in-terms of returns for goals, [I] hope he will fit in well at the professional stage. We shall continue to build more players at KCCA FC who can take us to the next level,” Mike Mutebi, the KCCA FC coach said on Wednesday.

Nsibambi joins two other Ugandan players plying their trade in the Egyptian Premier League: Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish) and defender Issac Muleme (Al Assiouty Sports Club).

Uganda now has several professional players featuring in different leagues in Africa like South Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.


Sudan skips regional football championship in Tanzania

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Al Merriekh will miss the 2018 Council for East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) Club Championship scheduled to take place on June 29-July 13 in Dar el Salaam, Tanzania.

Nicholas Musonyo, General Secretary of the CECAFA told Xinhua on Tuesday that Al Merriekh will not attend the event because they have just started the national league.

He said that the other 10 CECAFA members will send teams for the event.

Defending champions Azam FC of Tanzania who won the title in 2016 have been placed in Group A that has JKU FC (Zanzibar), Kator FC (South Sudan) and Uganda’s representatives who will either be KCCA FC or Vipers SC.

“We might not take part in the CECAFA Kagame Club Championships because it could interfere with our schedule of traveling to Tunisia to face Esperance in the CAF Champions League,” KCCA FC’s Public Relations Officer, Moses Mwanje Magero told Xinhua.

In case KCCA FC, who won the Ugandan League title in the 2016/2017 season, opt out, then the current League champions Vipers SC will take part.

Tanzania will be represented by three teams: Azam FC, Young Africans FC and current League champions Simba SC.

Kenya League champions Gor Mahia FC, Lydia Ludic FC (Burundi), Rayon Sport FC (Rwanda), Ports FC (Djibouti), St. George (Ethiopia) and Somalia’s Dakadaha FC are the other teams that will take part.

Following is a list of the groupings:

Group A: Azam FC (Tanzania), KCCA FC/Vipers SC (Uganda), JKU FC (Zanzibar), Kator FC (South Sudan).

Group B: Rayon Sport (Rwanda), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Lydis Ludic FC (Burundi), Ports FC (Djibouti).

Group C: Young Africans (Tanzania), Simba SC (Tanzania), St. George (Ethiopia), Dakadaha FC (Somalia).


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