AFC Leopards set up a GOtv Shield quarter-final clash against Tusker after edging out Ligi Ndogo 2-0 at City Stadium on Sunday.
Tusker on the other hand had to fight hard to pip Ulinzi Stars 5-4 on post-match penalties after coming from a goal down to hold the soldiers 1-1 in regulation time at Afraha Stadium.
In Muhoroni, visiting Sofapaka beat Muhoroni Youth 2-1 to make it to the last eight as well.
At City Stadium, Musa Mudde was the hero, scoring both goals to send Leopards into the last eight as they seek to defend a trophy they won last season. His first came three minutes into the second half and then in the 68th minute.
But the match was nearly abandoned late in the first half after Jacob Keli was sent off for dangerous play on Brilliant Ochieng.
Protesting fans threw stones at the match officials and it took the intervention of policemen on standby for the match to continue.
Keli was sent off as he raised his leg to try and take away the ball from Ochieng. Instead, his foot hit Ochieng right in the face and the Ligi Ndogo player had to be rushed to hospital with blood gushing from his face.
A policemen was forced to fire in the air to contain the supporters, who were threatening to get into the pitch.
Calm was restored after 10 minuets and the match continued. AFC Leopards coach Pitier De Jongh however accused the referee of over-reacting after sending off Keli.
“That offence did not warrant a straight red card. He should at least have been cautioned,” he said.
Ligi Ndogo did well to contain their opponents especially in the first. Coach Oliver Page was, however, disappointed with the results.
—Gilbert Wandera, Philip Orwa and Ben Ahenda – The Standard