Zanzibar clinch CECAFA U15 boys championship in Njeru


Zanzibar edged the hosts of Uganda 4-3 in penalties to lift the CECAFA U15 tournament at the FUFA technical center in Njeru after a one all draw at Full time on Thursday.

Both teams came into the final unbeaten, the Uganda Rhinos who are coached by Hamza Lutalo had scored an alarming 24 goals in 4 games including a 15-0 thumping of Djibouti in the Opener.

For Zanzibar, they came into the final having scored an impressive 10 goals in as many games as both teams were tight in defence only letting in one goal before their meeting.

Into the game, Lukman Omar gave Zanzibar the lead just 19 minutes into the game but the Uganda Rhinos responded with an equalizer after at the half hour mark through Ibra Ssebagala.

After restart, the two teams both created chances since it was an end to end games but failed to find more goals only to send the game to the shootout at 1-1.

During the shootout, Mahir Amour who has been in between the sticks for the Champions Zanzibar was the hero on the days as he saved one penalty only for the other by Ratibu to be skied.

After the final whistle, there was an Awards ceremony that was attended by the President of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Wallace Karia and the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Moses Hassim Magogo.

At the ceremony, Amour took home the golden glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper with 3 clean sheets in 5 games and letting in only 2 goals.

South Sudan’s Lazarus Peter George Laku was the top scorer of the tournament with 8 goals, 7 of which he scored in a single the 12 – 0 win against Djibouti.

Uganda’s Owen Mukisa was voted MVP of the tournament and Ethiopia won the fair play award.

Before the final we saw Tanzania beat  South Sudan 1-0 to secure 3rd spot.

The eight teams that took part in the regional Championship include; Zanzibar, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Somalia.

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