Zanzibar clinch 2023 CECAFA U15 championship in thrilling finale

CECAFA U15 Boys Championship Final
Uganda 1-1 Zanzibar
3(p) – 4(p)
Third-place playoff
Tanzania 1-0 South Sudan U

The 2023 CECAFA U15 Boys Championship concluded on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the FUFA Technical Centre Njeru, with Zanzibar emerging victorious and Tanzania securing the third-place spot.

Uganda, after a valiant effort, claimed the second position in a nail-biting encounter.

The historic event was graced by the presence of the esteemed FUFA President, Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim, who witnessed the Uganda Rhinos (U15) face off against Zanzibar U15.

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In a tightly contested final match between Uganda and Zanzibar, the teams played to a one-all draw, ultimately decided by a dramatic penalty shootout.

Both teams showcased remarkable prowess throughout the tournament, remaining undefeated and unyielding in the group stages.

Ecock Bagenda, Ibra Ssebagala, and Richard Okello found the net for the hosts, while Ronald Kigoye and Ratib Gulanyago faced the disappointment of missed opportunities.

Zanzibar, on the other hand, demonstrated skill and composure, scoring four out of five penalties through Saleh Mbarouk, Adam Shaaban, Hassan Iddi, and Lukman Omar, securing the championship title.

In the third-place playoff, Tanzania emerged victorious over South Sudan, with Kaniki Seleman netting the lone goal before halftime in a fiercely contested match.

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Individual accolades were also celebrated, with Uganda’s Owen Mukisa named the Best Player of the tournament, Lazarus Peter George Laku from Southern Sudan claiming the Top Scorer award, and Ethiopia U15 recognized for Fair Play. Zanzibar’s Mahir Amour earned the title of Best Goalkeeper.

The clash will be etched in the memories of football enthusiasts, marking the culmination of a tournament filled with skill, determination, and sportsmanship.

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