Kenya’s Harambee Starlets picked up their maiden CECAFA Women’s trophy after registering a comfortable 2-0 win over holders Tanzania at the Azam Sports Complex, Chamazi.
Jentrix Shikangwa was the hero, coming off the bench to bag a brace in the second half. First, she converted from the spot with 20 minutes to play, before capping victory for Kenya with an 88th minute strike to guide her side over rivals Tanzania at their own background.
The 19-year-old scored her seventh and eighth goals of the competition as she emerged the top scorer at the fourth edition of the tournament.
Tanzania had won the last two editions and were set on making it a treble of victories. Heading into the final, both teams had a perfect run, winning all their games and not conceding en route the finals.
On the flip side, Uganda’s Crested Cranes were also victors on the day as they finished third, defeating Burundi 2-0 in the third place play-off match
Second half substitutes Amina Nababi and Shamira Nalujja scored for Faridah Bulega’s side to see them scoop the bronze medals.
The first stanza saw both sides share a fair amount of possession without producing any clear cut chances to break the deadlock as the game ended in a stalemate going into the break.
The Crested Cranes started the second half as the hungrier of the two sides as they saw more of the ball but failed to cause any problems to the Burundian Custodian.
Their persistence did eventually pay off 61st minute, Nababi poking home the opening goal of the game following a goalmouth scramble.
With nine minutes to play, Nalujja alias Lallana’s long range effort sealed victory, to cap off a dominant second half for Uganda.
A couple of Crested Cranes players that featured in Tanzania now turn their focus to the upcoming U17 CECAFA Challenge Cup to be hosted in Uganda next month.
Talisman Juliet Nalukenge who is captain of the U-17 side and tactician Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi will look at picking up a second championship after clinching the U-17 COSAFA women Championship that was held in Mauritius.