Thika’s Engineers Brigade will face Department of Defence (DoD) in the semi-final of the Chief of Defence Forces Cup at the Afraha Stadium on Wednesday.
In the other last-four match of the annual tourney, Armoured will take on the Rangers from 9am at the same venue.
After staying out of competitive football for close to a year, Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru returned to aid the Engineers Brigade into the semi-finals of the tournament with a breathtaking performance.
Waruru’s Engineers, who are the defending champions, beat Kahawa on post-match penalties in a repeat of last year’s final. Engineers came from behind to force the match to a one-all draw and went on to win 6-5 on penalties.
ODHIAMBO SAVES THE DAY
Highly-fancied Armoured Brigade also stormed into the semi-finals on penalties in a tightly contested match against Kenya Navy. Friends were turned foes for 90 minutes with each of the two sides boasting a number of Ulinzi Stars players in their ranks.
It’s Armoured Brigade’s Jacktone Odhiambo who carried the day over James Saruni of Navy, the former stopping the last spot kick to aid his side into a 6-5 win. It was also an interesting affair with two brothers battling for a place in the semis, Allan and Job Muhati.
Navy had taken an early lead but Allan Muhati took his side level and ultimately guided them to the win.
Armoured had Sylus Shitote, Boniface Onyango, Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan, Fred Chitai, Boniface Onyango and John Mark Makwatta while the sailors had Saruni, Evans Amwoka and the younger Muhati, Job. In the other quarter-final matches of the day, Rangers Regiment were 5-4 winners on post-match penalties over Artillery after a one-all draw in regulation time.
DoD also booked a last four slot with a 1-0 win over Moi Airbase (MAB). Each of the units are not allowed to field more than four Ulinzi Stars players.
“We want to give an opportunity to as many players as possible from all the units to showcase their talent and the best will be picked into the Ulinzi Stars team as well as the Ulinzi Warriors which we are reviving next year. We have seen great competition so far and we expect it to get stiffer in the semis and the final on Friday,” said Major Joel Birgen.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION