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Defending champions Azam have qualified for this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup finals after beating Gor Mahia 2-0 after extra time at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.The difficult match was played on Wednesday afyernoon.
Ditrim Nchimbi and Bruce Kangwa goals in extra time goals sent the defending champions into the final where they will face the winner of the other semi-final pitting Simba against Zanzibar’s JKU.
Gor and Azam had played to a goalless draw in regular time before Nchimbi broke the deadlock in the 92nd minute with a shot from outside 18 after Gor defenders failed to clear Yahya Zayd’s shot that had been blocked by Harun Shakava.
Desperate for an equaliser to perhaps send the match to post-match penalties, Gor pushed men forward pulling strings but Azam goalkeeper Razak Abalora had different answers and eight minutes later, Kangwa broke down the left flank to score from the near post with Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch hapless.
The result have dashed Gor Mahia’s hopes of avenging the 2-0 loss against Azam in the same competition at the 2015 edition final and end K’Ogalo’s wish of winning the regional Club Cup for the first time in 33 years.
The last time Gor Mahia won the Cup was in 1985 when they beat bitter rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 when the competition was hosted in Sudan.