Africa: Young Africans claim fourth Kagame Cup title
In an all-Tanzanian affair the Kagame Inter-Club Cup, a tournament for clubs from east and central Africa, has been won by Young Africans Football Club following a narrow 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Simba Sports Club.
The game was always going to be a close affair with Tanzania’s two most decorated club sides facing each other in the final. Young Africans, more commonly known as Yanga, had won the tournament three times before Sunday’s final whilst Simba were hoping to add to their record six triumphs in this competition. Both of these clubs enjoy a domestic dominance with the two Dar es Salaam giants having won 34 national titles between them and have both shared every league title played since 2000. With this much riding on the game it was clear that this match would be tight.
Young Africans had qualified for the final having topped Group B against semi-finalists Al-Merreikh (Sudan), Bunamwaya FC (Uganda) and Elwan FC (Somalia) before getting past Red Sea FC (Eritrea) and Saint George FC (Ethiopia) in the knockout rounds. Simba SC topped the five-team Group A before eliminating Bunamwaya FC and Al-Merreikh en route to the final. The final itself was scoreless after ninety minutes and the decisive goal of the game didn’t come until the 108th minute. Young Africans’ forward Kenneth Asamoah headed home the crucial goal to help his team win this tournament for the fourth time.