CECAFA: Azam ghosts haunt Gor Mahia once again
Azam FC edged out Kenyan champions 2-0 on Wednesday 11th July at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to storm into the final of the CECAFA Kagame Cup.
The Tanzanian money bags beat Gor Mahia by the same score line to win the tournament back in 2015 and the Kenyan champions were out to for a revenge. However, this was never to be as extra time goals by Ditriam Nchimbi and Bruce Kangwa ensured Azam sail through to the final.
Azam were clearly the best side from the onset but were undone by poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Boniface Oluoch. First half ended goalless with Azam enjoying more possession, 60% to Gor’s 40%.
Gor Mahia introduced Joash Onyango for the ineffective Ephreim Guikan after the breather and later pulled out Bernard Ondiek for Lawrence Juma. However, the changes bore no fruit as Azam continued to threaten more but failed to score. The match ended 0-0 in regulation time and went into extra time.
Gor Mahia were caught on the counter moments after the 1st half of extra time started. Ditriam Nchimbi beat Boniface Oluoch with low drive and Bruce Kangwa drove the final nail in the coffin with a perfect strike after going past Charles Momanyi in the 100th minute to ensure Azam storm into the final with a 2-0 win, the same scoreline they inflicted on Gor Mahia in the 2015 final.
"Our target was to win the tournament and we give it our best shot. However Azam made use of the two chances they got in extra time and that made the difference. We now shift our focus to the CAF Confederations Cup and the Kenyan Premier League." - Gor Mahia striker, Jacques Tuyisenge
"It was a very tough match but we are very happy we won and are in the final. We lost so many chances in the first half and second but made ammends in extra time. What really matters is the fact that we are in the final. We are the defending champions and we want to win it again." - Azam FC forward, Ditriam Nchimbi
Azam will now meet either Simba or JKU who are currently battling in the second semifinal match at the same venue.