Family
Tanzania are CECAFA champions
Publish Date: Dec 13, 2010
Newvision Archive
  • mail
  • img

By Abdallah Mubiru in Dar es Salaam

HOSTS Tanzania cleared their 16 years of CECAFA title drought when they clinched the Challenge Cup by beating the Ivory Coast 1-0 from a first-half penalty kick.

Earlier in the day, Uganda won the 3rd place battle with Ethiopia in a match that was both thrilling (7 goals scored) and also error-prone as some of the goals were the direct results of goalkeeping and defensive lapses.

This is the second encounter for the two teams who first met in the Group C opener on November 30, where Uganda came from behind to beat the Ethiopian team 2-1.

Cranes showed their legendary resilience when they again came from behind twice to beat the Ethiopians 4-3 in a classification play off.

Striker Omod Okwury Omod gave Ethiopia an early lead but Cranes equalized soon with Henry Kisekka’s goal after a goal mouth melee.

Omod gave Ethiopia a second lead converting from a well executed cross from play maker Godo Shemeles Bekelle in the second half, a strike that was cancelled by Emma Okwi.

Tonny Mawejje’s volley from Okwi’s cross did not only contest for the best goal of the tournament but put Cranes in a short lived lead that was cancelled by Tesfaye Alebachew.

As the game was headed for extra time, Sula Matovu who had just come on for Sadam Juma, beat Ethiopia’s offside trap to score Cranes winner.

There was still time for great chances at both ends with Okwi hitting the bar in stoppage time.

Okwi on four goals, came second to tournament’s top scorer Felix Sunza from Zambia who finished with five.

“When we were trailing we could see the strength of this team. I’m so happy to see them turn it around, champions rise again, we rose to the occasion again,” said Cranes coach Bobby Williamson.

He added: “We have every reason to be fully satisfied, no reason for disappointment. We will travel home feeling great”.

The Uganda Cranes will fly back home today with US $10,000 (sh20m) cash prize for finishing 3rd, Ivory Coast $20,000 (sh40m) and champions Tanzania walked off with $30,000 (sh60m) prize money and a trophy.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Bonuses won’t solve all your financial challenges
It is not unusual for employees to take for granted the power of money that is within their reach....
Managing money when you start earning
Every income-earner has to decide whether to save, invest or spend on needs/wants and obligations....
When should a mother lose rights over her child?
Health reports indicate that more than 6,000 women die every year due to pregnancy or childbirth-related problems....
Our fathers have defiled us, whom should we turn to?
So many untold stories, of girls as young as four years being defiled by their biological fathers, and left to rot....
Census: Uganda far from Uhuru
The provisional results of the recent census are out, but what do they mean? Paul Busharizi breaks it down....
New book claims Jesus married and had children
A new book launched in London claims to have fresh evidence that Jesus married and had children with Mary Magdalene....
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter