COSAFA 2019 (Plate Semi-final):
Bafana Bafana 1 (4) – 1 (2) Uganda Cranes
Hosts South Africa progressed to the finals of the 2019 COSAFA Cup (plate) after ejecting guest country Uganda 4-2 in a tense penalty shoot-out after normal time had ended one goal all at the Princess Magogo Stadium in the coastal city of Durban on Tuesday.
The CECAFA giants took the lead through dangerous forward Daniel “Muzeyi” Sserunkuma, two minutes into the second half.
Luther Singh equalized for the hosts with 18 minutes to play.
In the shoot outs, Mustafa Kizza and Muzamiru Mutyaba missed their respective kicks after being saved by goalkeeper Mpoto Mondli.
Only Shafik Kagimu and Nicholas Kasozi scored their respective kicks.
South Africa scored all their four penalty shots through Luther Singh, Neo Gift Links, Thendo Mukumela and Jamie Graig Webbe.
Mustafa Kizza missed the first shot and Singh beat Lukwago for the respective first penalties.
Muzamiru Mutyaba was also denied by Mondli Mpoto as Neo Gift Links’ left shot made it two for South Africa.
Shafik Kagimu beat the intimidating Mpoto, sending him the wrong way for Uganda’s first goal in the shoot outs.
Thendo Mukumela made it 3-1 with a goal on Bafana Bafana’s third attempt.
KCCA midfielder Nicholas Kasozi sent Mpoto the wrong way for Uganda’s second on the fourth attempt.
Jamie Graig Webber scored the fourth penalty as the home side won 4-2 and advanced to the plate final.
Team Line Ups:
Uganda Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Isaac Isinde (Captain), Nicholas Kasozi, Michael Birungi (46’ Allan Kayiwa), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafik Kagimu, Daniel “Muzeyi” Sserunkuma (82’ Nelson Senkatuka), Juma Balinya (77’ Bright Anukani)
Subs Not Used: James Alitho (G.K), Paul Mucureezi, Daniel Isiagi Opolot, Musitafa Mujjuzi, Paul Mbowa, Hassan Musana
Head Coach: Abdallah Mubiru
South Africa XI:
Mpoto Mondli (G.K), Cupido Kenau, Mohamwe Katlego, Teboho Mokoena (Captain), Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Neo Gift Links, Luther Singh, Thendo Mukumela, Sandile Mthethwa (71’ Kgaogelo Sekgota), Sam Bongani (10’ Jamie Graig Webber), Sipho Mbule (48’ Dickens Jemondre)
Subs Not Used:
Reyaad Pieterse (G.K), Dlala Athenkosi, Grant Margeman, Makgalwa Matlala, Jordan Jonathan Jonathan Liam, Repo Malepe Tercious, Johnson Darren (G.K), Lerato Lepasa, Reeve Frosler