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Africa: Uganda claim CECAFA Cup for the 12th time

Posted in African Football, International Football by peterbein on December 10, 2011

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.

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Africa: Uganda to meet Rwanda in CECAFA Cup final

Posted in African Football, International Football by peterbein on December 8, 2011
Uganda CECAFA Cup winners 2009

Will Uganda repeat their 2009 CECAFA Cup heroics this year?

Record champions Uganda are through to the final of the CECAFA Cup, a competition for countries from Central and East Africa, following an extra-time victory over outgoing champions and tournament hosts Tanzania today. Uganda will face Rwanda in the final after the latter triumphed over Sudan in the other semi-final also played today.

Uganda, who have won this annual tournament on eleven occasions, had qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of a second place finish in Group B, just one point behind Burundi, before eliminating Zimbabwe in the quarter-finals on Tuesday to set up today’s clash with Tanzania. Mrisho Ngassa gave Tanzania the lead on 18 minutes, a lead they preserved until half-time, and the home fans were optimistic going into the second half. However Uganda equalized just before the hour mark thanks to Andrew Mwesigwa and with no further goals in normal time the game had to be extended by another thirty minutes. In extra-time Uganda secured a place in the final of this competition for the third time in four years with goals from Emmanuel Okwi and Isaac Isinde to give Uganda a 3-1 win.

Rwanda qualified for the semi-finals having topped Group A with a 100% record over Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Djibouti before going on to dispose of Zanzibar in the quarter-finals. Sudan were the team to be conquered by Rwanda today but the game proved to be a tight contest. Jean-Claude Iranzi gave Rwanda the lead on eight minutes before Sudan went on to restore parity with a Ramadhan Agab equalizer in the 68th minute. The game looked to be heading to extra-time but the Rwandans managed to score their winning goal in the 79th minute with Olivier Karekezi hitting the target.

The third/fourth place play-off involving Tanzania and Sudan will kick-off finals day on Saturday with the final between Uganda and Rwanda to be played after the termination of the earlier game.

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Africa: Under-17 championship kicks off in Rwanda

Posted in African Football by peterbein on January 7, 2011

CAF U-17 logoThe country of Rwanda hosts the CAF African Under-17 Championship from today as eight countries fight it out not only for the continental title but also for one of the four available places in the FIFA Under-17 World Championship which takes place in Mexico this summer.

The African U-17 Championship has existed in its current form since 1995 and takes place every two years. In that time five countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Egypt and Cameroon – have all had their hands on the trophy. Ghana were the initial force to be reckoned with in the tournament winning two of the first three events in 1995 and 1999 with a win for Egypt sandwiched inbetween. Since then, bar for a maiden triumph for Cameroon in 2003, the event has been dominated by Nigeria and Gambia, both of whom have chalked up two victories apiece in the most recent five tournaments. Gambia are the defending champions having got the better of hosts Algeria in 2009 with a 3-1 victory.

The 2011 competition sees eight teams divided into two groups of four with the top two teams from each group going through to the semi-finals and, as a result, qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Championship. From then it’s a straight knock out format with the final to be played in Stade Amahoro in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali on January 22nd to decide the champions of Africa at this level. Here are the two groups ahead of the big kick-off this weekend:

GROUP A: Rwanda; Burkina Faso; Senegal; Egypt

GROUP B: Gambia; Gabon; Ivory Coast; Mali

 

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