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Football | Uganda

Peter Otai @ SS com

Maroons squeeze through to semis



Maroons booked their place in semifinals of the Bell Uganda Cup on Saturday after fighting off a stiff challenge from Big League outfit Kireka United at Mubs Grounds.

Asaph Mwebaze’s side hardly had it the easy way as penalties had to be called on after 90 minutes failed to produce the winner.

Maxwell Okello’s 26th minute header off Isaac Kisujju’s cross had given Maroons the lead before substitute Hamidu Kibirango leveled for the lower division side in the 59th minute.

Both teams tried to establish themselves thereafter but without breaching each others’ backlines.

Nerves crept for Maroons in as Kireka struck the woodwork thrice but it had to wait until the spot kicks through which the Super League side prevailed 3-0 from six yards to win 4-1.

“We laboured a lot for this win but credit should go to Kireka Utd for having played very well,” conceded Maroons coach Mwebaze.

This was the first time in 32 years Maroons were making the last four of Uganda’s oldest competition.

They will face either Bunnamwaya or Police in the two-legged semifinals due April 24-28.

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