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[Uganda] Cranes cruise past Eritrea to win Cecafa

Uganda Cranes players and officials celebrating with the trophy

Uganda emerged the 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup champions after beating Eritrea 3-0 at StarTimes StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Thursday.

Goals from Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kizza and Joel Madondo guided Uganda to the 15th title in front of their home fans.

Eritrea started the match a better side and almost got an opener in the seventh minute but Uganda’s defenders dealt with the danger. 

Allan Okello thought he had scored the first goal for Uganda but the referee ruled his effort out for offside. The KCCA FC forward had connected well to Kizza’s free-kick and headed home but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position in the 11th minute.

Anukani opened the scoring for the hosts in the 31st minute when he successfully tapped in Okello’s cross into the net as the Eritrea defenders were caught unaware.

Joakim Ojera managed to volley the ball over Eritrea’s goalkeeper Haile Kibrom in the 37th minute but the referee ruled out the goal for offside again.

Kizza got the second goal for the record Cecafa Cup winners in the 67th minute as a retreating Eritrean side found it difficult to deal with Uganda’s incessant attacks.

Madondo added the third goal in the 88th minute by planting the ball into the net from a Ben Ocen cross.

Eritrea’s Robel Teklemichael was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.

Charles Lukwago of Uganda took home the golden glove award as the best goalkeeper and Kenyan, Oscar Wamalwa was top scorer with three goals.



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