Eritrean U20 team’s victory celebrated
Eritrean community celebrated our U20 Eritrean football team’s victory.
Tanzania were crowned champions of the regional 2019 CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup after Kenya 1-0 in the final on Saturday.
Coach Zeberi Katwila’s team that finished unbeaten in the tournament benefited from a 45th minute own goal by John Otieno Onyango.
A floating cross in the box with pressure from Tanzania’s high scoring forwards Kelvin Pius John and Andrew Albart Simchimba forced Onyango to divert the ball past advancing goalkeeper Brian Bwire Okoth.
The two teams were equally marched in the first half before they returned in the second half with Tanzania creating more chances but failing to convert. After 74 minutes Tanzania’s goalkeeper Razak Ramadhan Shekimweri stopped Patrick Otieno’s well taken free kick. Tanzania also had a chance by Kelvin Pius John that was parried out for a corner.
The two teams had played to a 2-2 draw in the group stages before Kenya went on to dispatch Burundi and Eritrea at the quarter and semifinal round respectively. Tanzania dismissed Uganda at the quarter final stage before beating Sudan in the semis.
Tanzania’s coach Katwila said his boys followed instructions well and that is why they are champions. “I am proud of my team and the technical staff,” added the coach.Stanley Okumbi said they failed to take their chances. “Of course we wanted to win the trophy but did not. But I am happy that the tournament has given my young team good international exposure,” added Okumbi.
Eritrean Ambassador Mohammed Suleman in Uganda, staff and Eritrean community celebrated our U20 Eritrean football team’s victory.
Eritrea finish as third placed team at the CECAFA U20 Challenge cup.
Take the bronze medal after beating Sudan by 1-0.
Eritrea managed to beat Sudan 1-0 on Saturday to finish third and win bronze. Biniam Mengsteab netted the lone goal after 67 minutes.
Haile Efrem Alemseghed, the Eritrean coach, said he is happy his players had finished third. “We would have won the trophy if some players did not disappear from the Hotel,” added the coach.
Tanzania’s Kelvin Pius John who won the top scorers Award with seven goals was also voted Player of the tournament. Kenya’s Bwire was the goalkeeper of the tournament, while Uganda Hippos won the Fair Play Award.
Wallace Karia, President of the Tanzania Football federation (TFF) who watched the final said he was happy they are building a team that will be the future stars of tomorrow. “Winning such trophies motivates these young players to work even harder,” Karia told CAFonline.com
CECAFA U-20: Tanzania Crowned Champions
Tanzania have been crowned the champions of the 2019 Cecafa U-20 Challenge Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kenya in the final at FUFA Technical Centre in Jinja on Saturday.
The Kilimanjaro Stars needed an own goal from unfortunate John Otieno to claim the title in the regional competition that was hosted by Uganda.
Kenya made earlier attempts through Austin Odhiambo, Musa Masika, Benson Ochieng but the Tanzania defence were on high alerted.
Kilimanjaro Stars nearly grabbed an opener in the 15th minute after sloppy handling from Brian Bwire, who got bailed out by his defence.
Kelvin John received an open chance in the 20th minute when landing onto a loose ball into the area, but Bwire parried clear.
Oscar Masai ventured into Rising Stars territory towards halftime but was unable to get a look in as Brian Wepo assisted by Fidel Odinga pulled clear. However, the Kilimanjaro atoned moments before half time when John Otieno directed the ball into his own net.
Both teams made a slow start to the second stanza, as little attacking initiative from either end materialised. Tanzania made their first change in the 62nd minute, with Andrew Simchimba making way for Onesmo Mayaya in the last line of attack.
The context of the match remained with Kilimanjaro Stars, who maintained the attacking and defensive balance effectively well. Kenya pushed strongly for the equaliser late on in the match, but the Tanzanians had all the brakes out to preserve their advantage.
Kelvin John had the chance to extend Kilimanjaro lead in the 89th minute, but he shot dismally wide from an inviting goal.
The tournament that started on September 21st had 11 Cecafa members send teams with only Rwanda missing out.