Mohammed Mbaruk penalty in the second half was all Kenya needed to down Botswana in the quarterfinals of the COPA Africa match played at the MPESA Foundation Academy on Tuesday 3 December; the win booking them a semi-final date with Tanzania
Kenya overcame a hard fighting Botswana through a controversial penalty that had to be retaken four minutes from time after failing to break through the opposition rearguard who had a perfect game.
Kenya had come into the game after losing their opener against Zimbabwe and overcoming Mozambique in the second game and their frailties showed once again with the strike force being a major area that they failed to address as chances went begging.
The win irked the Botswana coach who bayed for the referee's blood after the final whistle. Asked what went wrong in the game he said: “I won't speak with the media because I feel your questions should be answered by the referee.”
Meanwhile, Tanzania came from a goal down to register a 6-2 win over Uganda in the other quarterfinal with Paul Nyerere grabbing a hattrick in the game.
Nyerere’s goals added to those of Frank Sephania and a Kassim Ibrahim brace ensured that Patrick Duke’s opener and a second from Abasi Kyeyune was just a mere consolation.