Azam confirmed their place after a 1-0 win Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) of Uganda whilst Gor Mahia beat Sudanese side, Al Khartoum 3-0 in Friday’s semi final matches.
The early kick off saw GorMahia concede in the first minute after their defender failed to deal with a cross from Anthony Akum, allowing Khartoum captain Amin Ibrahim to tap in the empty net.
From this moment, it was Gor Mahia on rampage and in the space of one minute Innocent Wafula scored the second with a superb shot that left Khartoum goalie Mohamed Ibrahim with no option and give his side a 2-1 lead at the interval.
In the second half, Gor Mahia resumed strongly and in the 55th minutes Medie Kagere sealed victory, tapping home Olunga’s cross.
Kwesi Appiah’s side struggled to comeback whilst Gor Mahia shot stopper Boniface Oluoch pulled some superb saves to deny them.
“It’s my first experience of the tournament, and to play three games in one week. It has been a good tournament for us. We believe we have got more positives than negatives and I believe the boys gave their best but the result did not come our way. We have to believe that Gor Mahia were a better side,” said Appiah.
In the other game, KCCA were undone by a Domayo Frank winner on 75 minutes, that sent local favourites, Azam into the final.
The Ugandans dominated possession but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal.
“We have lost to a good and organized side but we displayed good football. We are proud of what the boys are doing. We got the job three weeks back but we managed to reach the semifinals, and it’s a good gesture of a team in progress” said KCCA Assistant coach, Sam Simbwa.
KCCA (Uganda) 0-1 Azam (Tanzania)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) 3-0 Khartoum (Sudan)
Third place play off
KCCA (Uganda) vs Khartoum
Azam vs Gor Mahia