A Ceasar Okhuti lone goal on 15th minute secured Uganda it’s record 14th title as they beat neighbors Amavubi of Rwanda in a tight contest at the Adis Ababa National stadium in Ethiopia to send fans back home following on television into wild celebrations.
Okhuti who has won back his place in the National team this season with impressive displays in the league with Express FC bravely headed into the back of the net off a curling cross from Denis Okot sending the game into a tight tactical contest with limited goal scoring opportunities created.
Although Farouk Miya who has been the Uganda Cranes most dangerous player in recent times missed a decent chance via a free header, the combination of Joseph Ochaya, Muzamir Mutyaba and Okhuti kept the Rwanda defence busy throughout first half.
Second half saw Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojovic make a tactical change as he withdrew Okhuti for left back Isaac Muleme which allowed Rwanda some play time though they could not curve out some meaningful pieces leaving them exposed to counter attacks.
Although the Cranes tactical team on the bench made a flurry of changes towards the end, there was nothing much that change in terms of scoreline as Cranes wasted a couple of decent chances through Miya and substitute Ivan Ntege till Frank Kalanda’s introduction in the last seconds.
Frank Kalanda’s introduction in the dyeing seconds of the game was the last action on the pitch before Somalian referee Hassan Muhammed blew the whistle to ignite wild celebrations for the Cranes fans.
Earlier on Saturday hosts Ethiopia took third place in the Cecafa Cup in Addis Ababa beating Sudan 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the play-off match had ended 1-1.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Ismael Watenga (GK) Denis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Richard Kasagga, Murushid Jjuuko, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Erisa Ssekisambu, Muzamir Mutyaba, Farouk Miya (C) and Ceasar Okhuti
James Alitho (GK) Nelson Ssenkatuka, Frank Kalanda, Shafiq Bakaki, Kezironi Kizito, Isaac Muleme, Joseph Nsubuga