Uganda scored in each half to beat Eritrea 2-0 in the final of the Cecafa Under-17 Youth Championship, at the Stade Khartoum late Monday night. Ceaser Mulumba netted in the 26 minute and Andrew Waswa sealed the victory in added time.
Earlier, both Tanzania strikers scored late in the match to give their team the bronze medal after a 2-0 win over hosts Sudan. Thomas Emmanuel (84') and Simon Msuva (89') closed the domination by the Tanzanians, in the third place play-off which preceded the final under the floodlights of the stadium.
Eleven countries took part in the championship and the only Cecafa absentee was Djibouti. Malawi, a guest team that is headed for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria was eliminated 2-0 by Uganda in the quarter-finals.
In the semi-finals, Uganda edged Tanzania 5-3 on post-match penalties after a 1-1 score in normal time. Eritrea knocked out Sudan 2-0 in extra time at the same stage. Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye confirmed that henceforth the championship will be an annual event.
"Because of its importance in shaping the future of our national teams, sponsors have understood the worth of this competition and we are not likely to lack money to stage it in the future. The Government of Sudan financed this edition and they did a fantastic job," Musonye was quoted as saying on Kenyapremierleague.com.
James Momanyi, Goal.com