Uganda Cranes won the 14th Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup on Saturday, December 5, 2015 after that narrow 1-0 victory over neighbors Rwanda, at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye highlights the key facts and figures that arose from the annual tournament which is also the oldest football event on African Continent.
0 – Number of goals and points registered by two horn of Africa nations – Djibouti and Somalia in the 2015 CECAFA senior challenge cup.
1 – Total games the two finalists Uganda and Rwanda had lost in the group stages prior to the finals. Uganda lost 2-0 to Kenya in the opening game and Rwanda fell to Malawi 1-0 in the group stages.
2 – Number of times that Tanzania and Ethiopia; Sudan and South Sudan faced one another in the group and knock out stages.
Number of times the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP), Eliyas Mamo was voted man of the match. The silky and crafty play maker was voted in the Ethiopia semi-final loss to Uganda and in their third play victory over Sudan, a game he scored in the 53rd minute.
3 – Venues used to host the tournament. The Babir Dar stadium is 575km north of Addis Ababa, Hawassa is 275 Km south of the capital and the Addis Ababa National Stadium in the heart of the capital.
The Addis Ababa National Stadium was built in 1954 and has also hosted the AFCON finals in 1962, 1968 and 1976.
4 – Highest score in a single fixture. Achieved by the champions Uganda in the 4-0 victory over the Zanzibar Ocean Stars and Tanzania over Somalia during the group stage games.
5 – Number of times Rwanda has now lost in the CECAFA finals.
Rwanda lost in the finals of 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2015 editions.
– Total number of goals scored by the tournament top scorer, Atahir Eltahir Babikir of Sudan
– Number of red cards dashed out in the tournament.
6 – Total number of shoot-outs in the whole tournament. Three at the quarter final stage (Tanzania 4-5 Ethiopia, South Sudan 3-5 Sudan, Rwanda 5-3 Kenya).
The two in the semi-finals; Uganda 5-3 Ethiopia, Rwanda 4-2 Sudan and one in the third place play off where the host nation Ethiopia overcame Sudan 5-4.
7 – Highest number of goals scored by one country, Tanzania in all the group games. The Kilimanjaro Stars were followed by Rwanda, Uganda and Malawi on five apiece.
8 – The tourney Quarter-finalists. Ethiopia played Tanzania, South Sudan took on nemesis Sudan, Kenya entertained Rwanda, and Uganda was engaged with a duel against the guest team, Malawi.
9 – Goal tally scored by champions, Uganda in the six games at the tournament
12 – Number of countries at the 2015 CECAFA senior challenge cup tournament.
Hosts Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and the guest nation, Malawi participated.
14 – Record number of times Uganda has won the CECAFA Senior challenge cup.
The Cranes have been victorious back in the days of 1973, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and lately 2015.
18 – Number of group stage games played at the 2015 tourney.
– Number of finals Uganda has now played at the CECAFA senior challenge cup.
20 – All the 20 players on the Ugandan team played in the tournament.
23 – Number of players Rwanda took for the tournament, the highest by any team.
26 – Total number of fixtures at the 2015 CECAFA senior challenge cup.
38 – The 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament marked the 38th edition overall since inception.
Ethiopia Versus Tanzania action. The two teams played twice, just like Sudan Vs South Sudan
43 – Group stage goals in 18 matches.
46 – Number of yellow cards registered in the entire tournament
48 – Number of successful penalties scored in the six penalty shoot outs.
53 – Total Goals scored in the tournament
246 – Total number of players at the tournament. Rwanda had the biggest contingent of 23.
720 – Number of minutes played in the six knock out games that included extra time.
1800 – Number of minutes played in the 20 fixtures that did not require extra time
2520 – Total number of minutes for all the 26 matches at the tournament (the 20 games that ended in normal time and those six games that were required extra time of 30 minutes each).
10,000 – Amount in U.S dollars earned by the third placed team, Ethiopia as prize money.
20,000 – Amount in U.S dollars rewarded as prize money for the losing finalists, Rwanda
30,000 – Total amount in U.S dollars earned by the CECAFA 2015 champions, Uganda as prize money staked by the sponsors, DSTV.