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Uganda wins CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

2009-01-14 00:07:17 GMT2009-01-14 08:07:17 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KAMPALA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Uganda won the 34th CECAFA (Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations) Senior Challenge Cup Tuesday evening after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Harambee Stars of Kenya at Namboole Stadium.

The Uganda Cranes, who humbled Burundi 5-0 in the semifinals on Sunday, scored early in the 16th minute through Bryan Omwony, the nation's 2008 footballer of the year. The Kenyans fought back strongly in the second half but failed to break through to score goal.

"We are happy with this sweet victory after many years," Uganda's skipper Andy Mwesigwa told Xinhua in an interview after the match. Uganda's Scottish coach Bobby Williamson praised his team for the good display.

Uganda scored a total of 16 goals and only conceded one in the two-week tournament.

Kenya's coach Francis Kimanzi said although they had lost, it was a good experience and good preparation ahead of preparations for the 2010 World Cup/Africa Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

"We played a good game, but it was not our day," Kimanzi told Xinhua after the fateful game.

In an earlier game played on Tuesday, Tanzania scored through Jerson Tegete, Mrisho Ngassa and Danny Mrwanda to beat Burundi 3-2in a third and fourth play-off. Abdallah Irambona and Jaffer Jumapili netted for Burundi.

The champions Uganda walked away with 30,000 U.S. dollars, while Kenya pocketed 20,000 dollars and third placed Burundi bagged 10,000 dollars.

This is the 10th CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title Uganda has won. The East African nation last won the Cup in 2003. The 14-day tournament has attracted teams of Somalia, Tanzania, Djibouti, Sudan, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Burundi and hosts Uganda.

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