Uganda’s KCCA Football Club have emerged champions of the CECAFA Kagame Cup after defeating holders Azam Football Club from Tanzania in the final played at Stade de Kigali on Sunday.
Left-back Musitafa Kizza scored the lone goal of the game in the second half to lead KCCA FC to victory.
This was KCCA’s second title since 1978 and the first title for Uganda since 2006 when Police FC last won the championship.
Despite missing some of their key players like captain Timothy Awany, striker Allan Kyambadde and Patrick Kaddu who were with the Cranes at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, KCCA defied odds to emerge victors.
KCCA FC’s 62nd minute goal saw the team walk away with a cash prize of $30,000 (sh112m) courtesy of President Paul Kagame’s support towards the competition. This is in addition to $1000 (sh3.7m) which FUFA president Moses Magogo promised each member of the team if they win the championship.
Elsewhere, Green Eagles of Zambia beat DR Congo’s AS Maniema Union 2-0 to win third playoff game and also walk away with $20,000 (sh74.9m), while As Maniema went home with $10,000 (sh37m).
Proline FC is the other Ugandan side that took part in the annual competition although they were eliminated in the group stages.
CECAFA Kagame Cup is the oldest club competition on the continent which brings together teams from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.