The SportPesa Super Cup kicked off today at the Uhuru Stadium, Dar Es Salaam. The expectations of a thrilling yet nervy tournament were very much attained with the opening fixture.
Kenyan side AFC Leopards took on Singida FC from Tanzania in a very entertaining opening fixture. Leopards without a head coach were under the tutelage of assistant Dennis Kitambi. The end result saw newly promoted Singida FC knocked out 5-4 on post-match penalties.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw after the full 90 minutes hence resulting in a penalty shoot-out. The Tanzanian side however took the lead courtesy of a Kutinyu Tafadzwa header following a corner to grant them a halftime lead. AFC Leopards started the half looking more lively than their opponents and after a series of missed chances, it was the youngster Vincent Oburu who levelled the scores for the visitors after a brilliant and pacy run down the right flank.
Hamis Shango turned villain for the home side in the shoot-out to grant Leopards progression to the semi-final stage. Singida will not walk away empty handed however as SportPesa ensured all teams that do not make it past the last eight stage will receive $2,500 for their efforts.
In the later kick-off of day one, arguably the toughest fixture of the last eight stage Tusker FC were humbled by Yanga SC. The Vodacom premier league champions knocked the SportPesa premier league champions 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out following a goalless draw.
Obrey Chirwa hitting the crossbar with an aerial shot from the left flank in the 7th minute to provide the first sight of goal in the game. Both teams settled well into the game well but neither of them able to find the back of the net. Yanga custodian Deo Munishi the busier of the keepers in the second half.
In the shoot-out, Munishi saved Clifford Alwanga’s penalty and Stephen Owusu could only watch in despair as his effort came off the post to hand Yanga SC the vital win. They will now face AFC Leopards in the semi-finals on Thursday 8th of June at the Uhuru Stadium.