Penalty-hero El-Hadary leads Merrikh to CECAFA Cup semis

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 5 Jul 2011

Essam El-Hadary blocked four penalties and scored two to lead Merrikh past Ulinzi Stars

Egypt and Merrikh keeper Essam El-Hadary

Egypt international keeper Essam El-Hadary produced one of his astonishing displays, blocking four penalty kicks and scoring two in a thriller 10-9 session to edge Sudanese giants Merrikh past Kenyan champions Ulinzi Stars in the CECAFA Club championship quarter-finals on Tuesday.

After 90 minutes, the score was locked at 1-1 and both sides had to go through the penalty shootout.

The session went up to 12 spot-kicks for each side and the 38-year-old shot-stopper hero denied the Kenyans on four occasions and managed to score twice himself.

Merrikh will face the winner from Simba and Bunamwaya (Uganda).

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