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Uganda Clinch CECAFA U-15 Title

Uganda beat Kenya four goals to nil to win the 2019 Cecafa U-15 championships held in Asmara, Eritrea.

Uganda beat Kenya four goals to nil to win the 2019 Cecafa U-15 championships held in Asmara, Eritrea.

A brace by Abasi Kyeyune that came after goals apiece by Devis Ogwal and Travis Mutyaba saw the Junior Cranes win the inaugural tournament that was held at the Asmara International Stadium.

Uganda started the match with purpose and twenty minutes later, Davis Ogwal who was returning from injury, scored the opener to put Junior Cranes on the lead.

Despite taking the early lead, Junior Cranes found clear-cut chances hard to come by and they had to wait until the 27th minute for their next chance when Patrick Muliika forced the Kenya goalkeeper into a fine save.

Uganda eventually doubled their lead three minutes later thanks to a strike from Travis Mutyaba.

Kenya came back from the break a different side and 14 minutes into the second half, Teddy Sirma nearly reduced the deficit with a sublime free-kick which was parried for a corner by Junior Cranes custodian Daniel Kirumira.

Kyeyune Abbas extended Uganda’s lead with two quick powerful strikes at the closing stages to seal the win.

Mike Abuko nearly scored a consolation at stoppage time but his powerful free-kick sailed over the crossbar.

4-0 was how the score remained at the full-time whistle as Uganda held on to win the Cecafa Championship.

Rwanda claimed third place after edging bitter rivals Burundi 4-2 on penalties. Regular time had ended in a 2-2 draw.

Prior to that, the Junior Cranes had won four matches against Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. The game against South Sudan was aborted with Uganda leading 5-0.

In the semi-final, Uganda outwitted Burundi 6-0 to seal a berth into the final.


Uganda XI: Mukisa Daniel Kirumira, Mulema Vincent, Gaya Peter, Shafiki Waswanga, Kaddu Caros, Kaliisa Shugai, Muliika Patrick, Mutyaba Travis, Ogwal Devis, Ouke Patrick and Kyeyune Abasi.

Subs:Gubya rickson Peter, Talemwa Elisa, Mutebi Samuel, Ssekibengo Godfrey, Magogo Shafiq, Nsereko Abdul, Kigozi Najib, Ssonko ssembatya Hafidhu and Kasaanya Leonard

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