The Bible says, to ‘those who have, more shall be added’ and this saying came to life on Sunday when Uganda Premier league Champions KCCA FC yet again emerged victorious after winning the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup and then smiling all the way to the bank with a hefty prize money.
KCCA who had a fair run in the CAF Champions league and also won the premier league title that came with a 60million cash prize, is arguably the richest and biggest club in the country and just keeps adding more on to the massive investments they already have.
The latest came on Sunday when Coach Mike Hillary Mutebi’s youthful side beat defending champions Azam FM from Tanzania 1-0 at Kigali Stadium, Nyamirambo courtesy of a sleek conversion from midfielder Mustafa Kiiza after 64 minutes of play.
The win gave them $30,000 (about Shs.112 million) in prize money on top of 3.6 million ($ 1,000) each promised by FUFA president for the players. This is KCA’s second time of winning the cup with the first coming in 1978.
The score line was the repeat of the group stage encounter between the two sides. Mutebi known for identifying and grooming young talent had at his disposal a very youthful but talented squard whom he wanted to give as much chance for exposure as possible. In the end he achieved almost all his objectives after emmeging victorious.
“I am happy that we have broken the 41-year jinx since the club last won the CECAFA title in 1978,” said Mutebi after the game.
Creative midfielder Allan Okello who has been one of the outstanding players at the tournament was at it once again dictating play alongside Sadam Juma as the Kasasiro Boys dominated the first half. His goal was disallowed closely followed by a close miss from youngster Sadat Anaku as KCCA continued pressing till Kiiza got the goal in the middle of the second half as Azam changed tactics and style to a physical one in an attempt to intimidate the young boys.
The runner’s up Azam FCreceived $20,000 and Zambia’s Green Eagles FC who came third took home $10,000. CECAFA Kagame Cup is the oldest club competition on the continent which brings together teams from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame who has supported the tournament for the past 10 years is the official sponsor.