Mwadini Ali’s brilliant save and substitute Abdallah Othman’s final penalty ensured Zanzibar a semi-final progression of the Senior Challenge Cup championship currently going on in Kampala yesterday.
Burundi would rue their missed opportunities after failing to score during the regulation time.
Zanzibar played a highly composed game and made some sporadic attacks on Burundi goal but failed to go ahead.
Burundi players were all over on the pitch and it was a hectic moment for the Zanzibar Heroes who banked heavily to the brilliance of goalkeeper Mwadini.
Mwadini was at his best for the day when he stretched to make brilliant saves launched by Burundi strikers with their skipper Suleiman Ndikumana leading the attacks.
Ndikumana was trusted to show the way for his team during the shootouts and as the tale goes for penalty losers, his shot sailed over the cross bar to give advantage the Islanders.
Zanzibar would have sealed off the match earlier only for Nadir Haroub to miss his fourth penalty and give a lifeline to Burundi.
Haroub’s penalty was expertly saved by Burundi goalkeeper Arthur Arakaza but Aggrey Morris restored hope with a brilliant shoot for the subsequent penalty.
When Burundi player missed the seventh penalty, Abdallah Othman made no mistake to slot home the ball past Arakaza to highlight the semi-final progression against blood brothers Mainland on Thursday.
The dramatic shootout at the KCC Lugogo Stadium was tense for both teams but Zanzibar looked more confident as they looked determined to pass the hurdle and banking on the heroics of Mwadini.
The tournament continues today with two other semi-final matches as Kenya play against Malawi in the earlier match ahead of Uganda versus Ethiopia at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.