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Young Tigers Lock Malaba Giants Out Of Global Appeal Football Tournament

Reuben Olita

Young Tigers which is featuring in Busia County League upset the formbook to lock Division Two side Malaba Giants out of the Global Appeal Football tournament which entered day two in Busia town on Monday.

The two teams battled to a goalless draw in regulation time forcing Division one referee Jude Ekasiba to apply penalties rule to decide on the team to proceed for Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

Young Tigers won 4-3 on penalties with Kelvin Mande, Denis Opondo, Charles Oundo and Morgan Wandera netting all their goals to confirm their penalty kicks taking exploits.

Malaba Giants suffered early setback when James Sampeki spotkick was saved by Tigers defender-turned goalkeeper, Jacob Wangalwa. He abandoned the role of player to take goalkeeping role.

Christopher Ejakait saw his shot sail over the bar. His first shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but the referee ordered a retake over infringement. Emmanuel Osoro, Peter Watitwa and Steve Simiyu were on target.

County league side Khwilare qualified for the last eight after upsetting Regional side, Busia Ajax 1-0 at the Busia Stadium with Benjamin Ekesa scoring the lone goal.

Western Region side Obucuun Border and Jobless FC from the sprawling Marachi estate sailed through to the quarterfinals of the Global Appeal Football Tournament after beating Mundulusia 2-0 at Busia Polytechnic grounds.

Regional runneraway leaders, Obucuun took the lead in the 20th minute to make it 1-0 at the break. Shawal Olulu added the second goal in the 59th minute in the match officiated by Division One referee, Henry Agona.

Obucuun from Among’ura in Teso South are leading in their Zone with 58 points from 20 matches. Kiyoro are second with 39 points from the same number of matches, three points ahead of Enombela in third position.

Giants patron Bishop Abraham Omanyo and team captain said fatique cost them the match after playing three matches in two days including league match away to Luanda Sportiff which they won 2-1

OPET FC which is also participating in Division Two league secured a place in the last eight after beating Bumala Allstars 1-0 with John Omondi scoring the solitary goal. Earlier, Opet had
beaten county league club Kekalet 1-0 at the same venue.

The men’s quarterfinals tomorrow will pit Opet FC v Real Busia, Jobless v Young Tigers, Obucuun v Khwilare and Busia Fusion v Masters.
Winners between Opet v Real Busia will meet winners between Jobless v Young Tigers with winners between Obucuun v Khwilare meeting winners between Fusion v Masters.

In the semi-finals of the ladies category, Lukolis Ladies from Teso South edged Soccer Sisters from Matayos Sub County 1-0 at Busia Polytechnic with Leah Akong’o netting the lone goal in the ninth minute.

In an earlier match, Giants beat Bulako from Bulanda with Emmanuel Osoro scoring a brace in the 28th and 50th minutes. Joseph Wanjala added the third in the 75th minute.

Lukolis will now meet Busia regional flagbearers, Chakol Queens in Wednesdsy’s final to determine the champions. The event that attracted three teams saw Chakol Queens earn a bye to the final.

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