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Top 8 champs Ulinzi through to semis


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 21- MARCH 21- Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Top 8 tournament defending champions Ulinzi Stars set up a semi final duel with Sony Sugar after they beat Chemelil 2-1 on post match penalties.

Spot-kicks were needed to separate the sides after the match ended in a 2-2 stalemate in regulation time in the clash played at Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday evening.

James Mulinge and Kevin Ouma scored their penalties for Ulinzi, while Haji Mwachoki slotted in the lone strike for Chemelil.

The sugar millers who had come from a goal down before the break missed four penalties through Wycliffe Apondo, Victor Omondi, Mzee Matano and Willis Ouma.

The soldiers had Stephen Ocholla’s kick saved by Chemilil keeper John Wawu while Allan Muhati also wasted his chance.

Ulinzi had opened the scoring through a Mulinge first half penalty with Mwachoki beautifully taken free kick putting Chemelil back in the game 12 minutes into the second half.

An upset was on the cards when Victor Omondi put them ahead in with a second in the 69th minute.

Evans Amwoka then levelled matters again 15 minutes from time to force the tie to be decided on penalties.

Ulinzi will now face Sony who qualified to the semis after edging out Sofapaka 1-0 last week.

The other quarterfinal match between archrivals AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia that has been moved by Football Kenya Federation to Mombasa remains in the balance with Ingwe insisting they will not honour the tie.

This is after K’Ogalo fans went on rampage during their weekend derby at Nyayo on Sunday.