A late winner from Vietnam based midfielder Geoffrey Kizito was all Uganda Cranes needed to be crowned Cecafa Champions for a record 13th times after beating Kenya 2-1 in the finals played at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Uganda Cranes took the lead in the first half through Anthony Kimani’s own goal in the 27th minute after he diverted Robert Ssentongo’s cross into his own net under pressure from Joseph Ochaya.

Uganda dominated the first half proceedings but were unlucky not to go in front in opening minutes when Emmanuel Okwi was blessed with a couple of chances.

Kenya settled into the game later and threaten Uganda’s goal in the 44th minute when Edwin Lavasta’s shot hit the base of the goal post.

The Gor Mahia FC forward beautifully beat Hamza Muwonge in Uganda’s goal following a good through ball from man of the match Humphrey Mieno.

In the second half, Kenya appeared the better side and kept on knocking on the door till the 87th minute when Edwin Lavasta who had a good game tapped in Paul Were’s by line low cross from the left wing.

As the game appeared headed for a draw, Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito scored the winning goal with the clock ticking 90 minutes.

The former SC Villa and Express FC midfielder headed home Robert Ssentongo’s free kick after Abdallah Juma handed the ball on the edge of the area.

Despite late attacks from Harambe Stars, Uganda held on till the final to win a record 13th crown.

In other news, Uganda’s Brian Umony was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament while Hamza Muwonge who conceded just a single goal in the competition was declared best goal keeper.

On  a controversial note, Robert Ssentongo won the golden boot despite scoring a goal less than Tanzania’s John Raphael Bocco and Mrisho Ngassa who netted five goals

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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