By ERNEST NDUNDA in Dar
Debutants Azam of Tanzania pulled another surprise when they came from a goal down to hit Vita of DRC Congo 2-1 to book a Cecafa Kagame Club Championships final ticket.
Vita were reduced to 10 men after Issama Mpeko was red-carded after receiving his second yellow-card in the 45th minute.
The Congolese were first to score in the 34th minute when Mfongang Alfred intercepted Ibrahim Shikanda’s pass to blast in the opener. Azam mounted pressure to equalise with Kipre Tchetche and Salum Abubakar missing a couple of scoring chances.
Azam came back a refined side in the second half and it was in the 67th minute when their prayers were answered through John Bocco.
Mrisho Ngasa ensured his team made it to the final after he scored the winner in the 88th minute.
Vita coach Lusadisu Medard said the first half red-card worked against them as they struggled in the second half to contain the marauding Azam strikers.
“The match favoured us but the red-card demoralised the players especially in the second half,” said the Congolese. His Azam counterpart Briton Stewart John Hall, who was happy with the win, said it was good to play in the final, adding that they had maintained their 100 per cent unbeaten record in the tournament.
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