Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup climax as Uganda battle Kenya
Arch-rivals Uganda and Kenya will this afternoon battle in the final of the Cecafa U-17 Challenge Cup at the Asmara National Stadium, Eritrea.
But before the final Rwanda and Burundi will battle in the play-off game.
Going into the finals the two sides have proved they were better prepared compared to the other opponents. To reach the final Uganda topped Group B winning all their matches, while Kenya also topped Group A.
At the semi final stage Kenya needed to win 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 against Rwanda, while Uganda brushed a side Burundi 6-0.
Jackson Magera, Uganda’s coach has maintained that they are here to win. “I like the way my boys have mastered the tactics and that explains why we have won all our games. But Kenya is a good side and that is why they are in the final,” added the Ugandan coach who was also assistant of Uganda’s team at the U-17s Africa Cup of Nations this year in Tanzania.
Leading scorer of the tournament Abasi Kyeyune with seven goals together with Travis Mutyaba and Devis Ogwal are expected to play pivotal roles for the Ugandan team.
But the Kenyan coach Sagar Lakhani said this is a Cup final and his boys are ready to play their hearts out. “We do respect the Ugandan team because they have won all their games and conceded no goal, but we are not scared about them,” added Lakhani.
“We have studied the Ugandan team well and we shall go all out to try and win the Cup,” added the coach.
Although Kenya will miss dependable defender Rajab Yasin Umar who was sent off in the semi final, they will look to instrumental star player Kevin Wangaya Injehu who has netted four goals now, Gil Harel and skipper James Gachango Murage.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad who is expected to arrive this morning is expected to grace the finals. The tournament is financed by FIFA.