The AFC striker scored both goals as Kenya won the title, coincidentally on the same day the country was celebrating 50 years of independence
Kenya reclaimed Cecafa glory after 11 years of waiting with a well deserved 2-0 win over Sudan’s Falcons in the final played at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday.
Captain Allan Wanga scored both goals as a dominant Kenya won the title, coincidentally on the same day the country was celebrating 50 years of independence. Off pitch embarrassment did not deter the mood of the players even as fellow finalist Sudanese national team were held up in their hotel for nonpayment of hotel bills. The match had to be moved from 5:00pm.
Stars looked more comfortable from the first whistle and should have had the lead after just four minutes, Edwin Lavatsa seeing his left footed shot go just over the bar. In the 14th minute, Antony Akumu had another chance for the home side with his header from Francis Kahata’s corner going just wide.
Stars continued dominating the game though both sides were greatly hampered by the slippery pitch. Allan Wanga had his first chance of the game on 16 minutes from Aboud Omar’s cross but his tap was saved away by Abdelrahman Ali in Sudan’s goal
Sudan had their first chance of the game after 28 minutes of play, Nadir Eltayeb seeing his shot go straight to Duncan Ochieng who collected with ease. The goal finally came after 35 minutes, Allan Wanga heading in on the top right corner from David Owino’s cross. The goal lit up the Nyayo National Stadium which was half full as fans cheered on the Stars.
Sudan never troubled match as the Stars defense line kept Duncun Ochieng safe, keeping at bay all Sudan’s attacks. On the other end, the home team continued to threaten with Peter Opiyo seeing his shot come off the bar after 62 minutes.
Edwin Lavatsa also saw his effort stopped by the upright on 70 minutes after being superbly played in by Peter Opiyo. However, just a minute later, Allan Wanga put the icing on the cake with a wonderful sliding goal, connecting James Situma’s cross.
Efforts from Salah, Kamal and captain Hamoda Bashir late on could not break Ochieng in goal. At the end Kenya stood up champions having won the title back in 2002 to bag the $30,000 prize money and the trophy that was flown in earlier by a GOtv branded chopper.