Uganda won the CECAFA U-18 Boys Championship against Kenya by coming back from being behind. The match took place at Jomo Kenyatta Stadium in Kisumu on Friday.
Both teams had chances to score in the first half, but couldn’t convert them. Kenya took the lead in the second half with a goal from Syphas Otieno Owuor after 65 minutes.
Uganda didn’t give up and scored an equalizer with Batiibwe Okello 12 minutes later. Since the score was still tied after 90 minutes, the teams played an extra 30 minutes.
Uganda scored again with Hakim Mutebi after 92 minutes, securing a 2-1 victory.
🏆 We congratulate the Uganda U18 National Team for emerging as winners of the CECAFA U18 Boys Championship – Kenya 2023 👏 pic.twitter.com/y94Z1p3Yj2
— StarTimes Uganda Premier League (@UPL) December 8, 2023
The Ugandan team successfully handled the pressure by defending together. Travis Mutyaba, a key player for Uganda who also plays for the senior national team, described the victory as satisfying.
“We worked so hard and showed determination having lost our first match in the tournament against Tanzania,” said Mutyaba.
Tanzania won against Rwanda in an earlier game to secure the third position. Zidane Ally Sereri, Said Said, and John Misheto scored goals for Tanzania, while Didie Ndayishimiye scored for Rwanda.
The Awards ceremony had important guests, such as Ababu Namwamba, who is the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports, and the Arts in Kenya. Other attendees included Wallace Karia, the President of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), Nick Mwendwa, the President of Football Kenya Federation, and his Vice Doris Petra, as well as Augustino Maduot Parek, the President of the South Sudan Football Association.