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The two teams played out a goalless draw after 90 minutes and Tanzania came out on top in the penalty shootouts to advance 4-3 on aggregate over two legs after the two teams fired blanks in the first leg played three weeks ago in Machakos, Kenya.

Mohamed Hussein, Kelvin Friday, Mange Chegula and Idd Selemani scored crucial penalties to send John Simkoko’s side through into the second round of the continental qualifiers where they face a daunting task against Nigeria.

Only Mudathir Yahya could not convert his shot for Ngorongoro Heroes. The Kenyans managed three shots and missed two. Ngorongoro Heroes, backed by the home crowd, started the game strongly and created numerous scoring chances in a dominant first display.

Ali Bilal wasted a glorious opportunity to put his side ahead mid way through the first half when he expertly beat Kenyan defender Meshack Muyunga only to poorly execute his final effort.

Moments later Heroes waged a breathtaking attack with Mohamed Hussein spotting Idd Selemani who in turn played in a nice ball into the box, but Heroes strikers could not convert the chance and Kenya defenders swiftly cleared the danger.

Heroes were asking questions of Kenya defence and goalkeeper Farouk Sikhalo was forced into making a fine save to deny Mudathir Yahya, who made a stunning effort into the far corner after being set up by Kelvin Friday in the 36th minute.

Friday enjoyed a great game at the centre of the park, where the Azam FC’s budding midfielder overshadowed his Kenyan opponents and he was the chief orchestrator of attack for John Simkoko’s team.

Ngorongoro Heroes, to their credit, fashioned out a few good chances during the opening half but failed to turn them into goals and eventually had to settle for a barren draw as the two teams headed for the breather.

Kenyan youngsters started the second half strongly and had two corner kicks in succession few minutes into the restart but Heroes defence stood tall.

Heroes went close to taking the lead when Saleh Abdallah set up Yahya inside the box but Sikhalo was alert and made a superb double save, spilling the first shot to dramatically deny an opener, and quickly jumped to make another before Yahya could pounce on the loose ball.

Kenya launched a counter attack which saw Michael Kyalo attempt a long range powerful shot that flew wide of Aishi Manula’s goal.

Hillary Otieno made a swift interception to deny Heroes after 76 minutes following yet another eye-catching attack by the Tanzanian side, who were again denied by woodwork eight minutes later.

There was no winner after 90 minutes as the two teams cancelled out each other and it went to penalty shootout and Tanzania triumphed in the end to set up a mouthwatering second round clash against the Flying Eagles of Nigeria between May 9-11 and May 23-25, 2014.

The finals will take place from March 8-22, 2015 in Senegal with the semi-finalists qualifying to represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

YOUNG African head coach Luc Eymael has said ...

Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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