Sudan came from a goal down to send off Chipolopolo of Zambia with a 2-1 win that romped them into the finals of the GOtv CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after a crunch semi final on Tuesday 10 December 2013 at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium.
Ronald Kampamba opened the scoring in the 113th minute before Sudan restored parity through Miaaz Abdelrahim in the 117th minute but it was Salah Ibrahim who stretched every sinew in his muscle to ensure Sudan romps into the finals by scoring the winner in the dying moments sending hundreds of fans who bothered to turn out at the Buxton based Stadium into wild jubilation.
From a barren first half, Sudan came back to pick up from where they in the opening frame and could have opened the score lines in the 53rd minute had Arnier Kamal found the back of the net after driving through the Chipolopolo back line.
Spear head attacks
Three minutes later, Sudan were easily penetrating the Zambia defence but lacking that final touch to go ahead as Faris Abdalla with a lone effort in the box was blocked by Nsabata Toaster in the Zambia goal for a fruitless corner.
Zambia reacted in the 63rd minute by pulling out Stanley Nshimbi for Gor Mahia target Julius Situmbeko to spear ahead attacks.
It almost paid off when Sydney Kalume controlled perfectly outside the 18 yard box with his pile driver rattling off the bar and back into the field of play, that happening in the 66th minute.
Felix Katongo then added his name in the centre referee’s book two minutes later after receiving a yellow card for perhaps kicking the ball before the whistle.
With Zambia causing constant threats upfront, Sudan on their side made another change in the 71st minute, withdrawing Faris Abdalla for Miaaaz Abdelnonem.
Felix Katongo finding himself busy on the day latched on a pass inside the area but his shot was deflected for a harmless corner with fifteen minutes to go.
Two minutes of added time
Coach Mubarak Suliman made his final change introducing Mohamed Abdelraham for Nadir Eltayib in the 79th minute as Zambia brought in Bornwell Mwape for Sydney Kalume.
Zambia however had keeper Nsabata Toaster to thank after pouncing on Amier Kamal shot from close range with four minutes to full time.
With two minutes of added time, none had scored as the game headed into extra time with the first frame ending in a goalless draw.
On resumption, Ronald Kampamba send shivers into his camp by putting his team ahead in the 113th minute from a well directed shot that fall at the centre of the net leaving Sudan custodian Abdelraham Ali napping.
The Chipolopolo frenzy mood did not last as Sudan equalized four minutes later through Miaaz Abdelraham but it was Salah Ibrahim’s classic goal that eliminated tournament visitors Zambia.
Ibrahim, latched on a pass from inside the box to sail into the net past goalkeeper Nsabata Toaster who dived in vain, the winning goal coming in the 120th minute.
As Zambia prepare for third playoffs, Sudan will be too to either face Kenya or Tanzania in the finals on Thursday 12 December 2013 at the Nyayo Stadium.
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