The military side lost 0-4 in the first leg and a comeback seemed impossible especially after being outplayed in Alexandria.
“I am proud of my players and what they did today. It is only unfortunate we could not finish the job. We employed a better strategy in the return leg which paid off. We leave heads high, with experience,” Ulinzi Stars head coach, Benjamin Nyangweso, said.
Smouha coach Moamen Soliman was full of praise for the Kenyan soldiers and was pleased with their attitude, whilst expressing disappointment with his side’s performance.
“We could not run well, they won all the second balls and we failed to control the game. Congratulations to Ulinzi, they are a very good team and we are lucky to go through,” said Soliman.
The ‘Soldiers’ opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Onyango picking out a well weighted cross from Daniel Waweru before slapping it past the keeper at the edge of the six yard box.
Evans Amwoka should have taken his side 2-0 up but his quick interchange of passes with Onyango saw the ball roll out as he raced to pull the trigger.
The hosts doubled their tally in the 37th minute when Onyango intercepted a back pass to the keeper, faced him one on one and beat him burying the ball into the roof of the net.
In the second half, the soldiers kept the same tempo but they were disrupted after John Kago was sent to the showers. The midfielder’s two rushed challenges saw him pick successive yellow cards.
But the homers were never cowed and kept attacking. They got the third in the 73rd minute when Mbongi’s freekick deflected on the wall. However, despite an increased resolve in the final minutes, the fourth goal was never coming.