Africa: Uganda claim CECAFA Cup for the 12th time
Uganda have won the CECAFA Cup for the twelfth time as they needed the drama of a penalty shoot-out to overcome the challenge of Rwanda in today’s final.
Uganda became the cream of east and central African football again following a game in which all of the goal scoring action took place in the second half of normal time. Rwanda took the lead six minutes after the break through Meddie Kagere only for Uganda to equalize thanks to an Isaac Isinde strike in the 77th minute. Rwanda regained the lead just two minutes later with Kagere grabbing his fifth goal of the tournament, making him the top scorer along with Rwandan team mate Olivier Karekezi, before the latter was unfortunate to put through his own net in the 80th minute.
Extra-time was needed to try to decipher a winner but no further goals were forthcoming, therefore taking the match into a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Rwanda had the early advantage when scoring their first two penalties, compared to Uganda’s one, but they lost their nerve in the business end of the shoot-out when missing all of the last three kicks. This allowed Uganda to claw their way back into the shoot-out with their last two penalties successfully converted by Hamis Kizza and Andrew Mwesingwa to seal a 3-2 win and to regain the title they have won more than any other nation.
Earlier on in the day host nation Tanzania were involved in the third/fourth place play-off but they were defeated by Sudan with Mohammed Eldin’s goal in the 84th minute the only goal of the game.