Nerveless Kagere fires Simba into CECAFA quarters
Isaac Swila in Dar, Tanzania
Meddie Kagere enjoyed a dream start to life in Simba SC colours as he scored a stoppage time winner in his side’s 2-1 victory over APR at the National Stadium in Tanzania.
Fiston Nkinzigabo had given APR the lead in the 67th minute before Adam Salamba restored six minutes later to set up a tense final quarter-hour and it was Kagere who stepped to complete the comeback from the spot.
The result ensured Simba secured their place in the Cecafa Kagame Cup quarter-finals and left APR on the brink of preliminaries exit after following their 1-2 loss to Singida United in their opening match.
Nkinzingabo put APR ahead with a beauty of a goal, picking a pass at the edge of the box volleying to the bottom left corner to unlock the match that until then had hertetho lacked clear cut chances.
However the lead was short-lived as Salamba diverted a harmless looking ball into the net in the 72nd minute to make the tie even.
The outcome hauls Simba’s points tally to sic having crushed Dakadaha 4-0 in their opening game.
Lague Byiringiro also missed a chance after his glancing header failed to hit the target, sailing narrowly off the mark in the 14th minute before Salamba`s acrobatic effort turned out awful in the APR box two minutes later even as the stadium, dominated by pockets of home fans, roared in his support.
A neat build up from Simba’s half in the 25th minute involving right back Ally Shomari and Adam Samba ended safely in the hands or APR goalie Ntabiri Steven who had the easiest of tasks gathering the weak effort of the latter.
Clear cut chances were few and far between in either side of the half until in the 58th minute when APR missed a golden opportunity to go ahead.
Prince Buregeya danced his way on the right, beating Pascal Wawa with ease to lay a measured pass to Lague Byiringiro who fumbled with his effort under pressure, missing the target area.
Kagere, a former Gor Mahia man, making his debut for Simba, was also in the mix in the opposite goal mouth with a hard -drive only to be denied by the busy Ntabiri .
He was to be denied again ten minutes from time as the home side upped their attacks in hunt of a win.
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Ntaribi Steven,Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza(capt), Nsabimana Aimable, Buregeya Prince, Herve Rugwiro, Fitina Ombarenga, Andrew Butera, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Fiston Nkinzingabo,Lague Byiringiro, Savio Dominique
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