8 December 2012

Kenya/Uganda: Stars Cecafa Fairytale Comes to a Crushing End

Photo: New Vision
File photo:Uganda soccer fans

Nairobi — A late goal courtesy of Geoffrey Baba Kizito sealed the CECAFA Tusker Challenge Cup title for Uganda Cranes in the finals, beating Harambee Stars 2-1 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Tension dictated most of the match after Uganda took the lead at the 27th minute after Stars captain Anthony Kimani gisted the defending champions and hosts their first goal through an own goal.

Kimani obstructed a Robert Ssentongo would be cross, scoring into his own net.

In the second half Kenya leveled the scores through Edwin Lavasta in the 87th minute after a pass from substitute Paul Were.

The game progressed on well into the dying minutes where Cranes responded with a swift attack though Abdallah Juma handled the ball at the edge of the area.

Geoffrey Kizito headed into the net to send the Cranes fans into an ecstatic frenzy after free kick from Ssentongo.

Zanzibar settled for third place after beating Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Stars 6-5 on post-match penalties in the play offs.

This was Harambee Stars 12th time to take part in the finals winning five times, two of them being on post match penalties and lost six times.

This was a record 13th time The Cranes have won the title.

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