Inspired by Sophas Kaweke’s finishing prowess, and Azake Luboyera’s impressive overall attacking industry, Uganda Cranes select side based in Ottawa beat Fiorentina 6-0 to win the Ottawa Boldes Cup.
The Ottawa Boldes Cup is one of the biggest and strongest amateur competition that takes place in the summer in Ottawa. It attracts teams from various countries such as Brazil, France, Haiti, Burundi, Rwanda, Colombia, Kenya, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana among others.
Okabo, who claimed the best goalkeeper’s award, told New Vision that: “We as Ugandans for the first time got together and decided to join the tournament this summer. Among the 30 games of the tournament, we beat some former champions and only lost one game.”
Uganda's high commissioner to Canada Joy Ruth Acheng hailed Uganda’s football side for the milestone during a lavish party at the embassy head office in Ottawa.
Besides Luboyera and Sophas, who were recognised for being the best overall player and top scorer with 45 goals respectively, Benjamin Kinobe was rewarded as the championship’s best defender while team captain Keith Mabiho Okabo claimed the best goalkeeper’s award.
Fans posing for photos with the trophy
“Our team of 24 players was selected from a group of 80,” said Kaweke.
The team coached by Michael Mbonaye was funded by the Uganda Association of Ottawa and The Ugandan High Commission.
Uganda Canada Cranes players after the game
Uganda Canada Cranes players and fans
Uganda Canada Cranes players and fans wait for the trophy