By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
• Tanzania 4-1 Ethiopia
• Rwanda 0-2 Kenya
The Kirimanjaro Queens of Tanzania successfully defended their CECAFA Women’s Championship on goal difference ahead of the Crested Cranes of Uganda.
To achieve the feat, the Tanzanians had to rally from a goal down to run over Ethiopia with a 4-1 victory thanks to strikes from Omary Mwanahamisi, Donisia Daniel, Stumai Abdallah and substitute Fatuma Mustapha. Meselu Adera had scored for the Ethiopians at the half hour mark.
Victory for Tanzania meant that the holders were tied on 7 points with Uganda who had played their final game on Wednesday.
Prior to the final day of the tournament, it was confirmed that goal difference was the immediate tie-breaker in any case and it’s by this virtue that the Kirimanjaro Queens were crowned champions once again with a superior goal difference of (+5) compared to Uganda’s (-1).
Ethiopia finished third followed by Kenya’s Harambee starlets whereas the hosts Rwanda came 5th courtesy of an inferior goal difference.
Uganda’s Ruth Aturo was named best goalkeeper of the tournament, Ethiopia won the fairplay award while the MVP accolade went to Issa Fatuma Maonyo of Tanzania
Summary of awards
Champions: Tanzania 2500$
Runners up: Uganda 1500$
3rd place: Ethiopia 1000$
Best goalkeeper: Ruth Aturo (Uganda)
Fair play award: Ethiopia
Best Player: Issa Fatuma Maonyo (Tanzania)