Two second half goals were enough to give Burundi’s Vital’O the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championship title after stopping APR FC (Rwanda) in the final on Monday night in northern Darfur, Sudan.
Skipper Amisi Tambwe and Christian Mbirizi finished off with headed goals to give Vital’O their first ever trophy in the Cecafa region since Burundi joined Cecafa in 1994.
Tambwe who finished top scorer of the championship with six goals scored in the 64th minute before Mbirizi wrapped it up three minutes later.
APR’s German coach Andreas Spier made some changes after 70 minutes, but still failed to get the goals. Spier said they conceded two goals because of poor defending, but added that the tournament was an eye opener to his youthful side.
Vital'O's skipper Tambwe Amissi (C)
Burundian league champions Vital’O FC qualified for the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championship final after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Rayon Sport of Rwanda this evening (Saturday) in Darfur, Sudan.
It was Celestin Habonimana’s 75th headed goal that separated the two sides at the Al Fasher Stadium. Earlier the Vital’O skipper Amissi Tambwe had missed a penalty when he placed the ball off target.
The Rwanda league champions who ejected Uganda Revenue Authority 3-2 in the quarter final failed to cause harm to the steady Vital’O team. The likes of Gentil Kambale Salita and the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals Cedric Amisi were all locked out by the Vital’O defenders.
Man-of-the match Jean Claude Ndoli saved three penalty kicks on Friday evening at the Al Fasher Stadium in Darfur, Sudan to help Rwandan side APR reach the finals of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championships.
The three time champions beat El Merreikh Al Fasher 3-1 during penalty shoot- outs after the game had ended 1-1.
The Amavubi first choice goalkeeper was in good form stopping Abdelrahman Adan, Adams Williams and Mohamed Elnour Osma’s kicks.
APR converted their penalties through Andrew Buteera, Emery Bayisenge and Ismael Nsutiyamagara, while Salah Abdelrahman was El Merreikh Al Fasher’s only scorer.
Kambale Salita and Musa Docca
Guest side Uganda Revenue Authority FC were the denied chance to progress to the semi finals of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championship yesterday evening.
The Ugandan side failed to go past Rwandan champions Rayon Sport in a quarter final tie played at the Naga Stadium in Darfur. The Rwanda side took a 3-0 lead before the 10-man URA fought back strongly to score two goals and put Rayon Sport on pressure.
DR Congo import Gentil Kambale Salita gave Rayon Sport the lead in the 5th minute before injured URA goalkeeper Yassin Mugabi was replaced. URA who also fell out at the quarter final stage last year tried to press the Rwanda team, but went into recess without scoring.
Three-time winners APR powered into the last four of the Cecafa Kagame Cup Championships after a 2-0 win over former Uganda Super League champions Express yesterday at Al Nugga stadium.
Midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and substitute Nova Bayama scored the goals to book a place in the money-spilling round for the army side.
Mugiraneza headed home Bayama’s freekick in the 70th minute to beat Express goalie Fanco Oringa for the opening goal and four minutes to the end, before Man of the Match, Bayama made it 2-0 to seal the win over Sam Ssimbwa’s team.
APR vs. Vital'O
Eight teams have qualified for the quarter finals at the on-going 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championships in Sudan.
The group stages climaxed on Monday evening in El Fasher, Darfur with Ugandan side Express FC, Rayon Sport (Rwanda) and Djibouti’s Ports booking places.
After the arrival of their care-taker Coach Sam Ssimbwa, Express FC came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Electric Sport of Chad and lead Group B.
Oumar Hissein gave Electric Sport a 29th minute lead after converting a penalty. Defender Ismael Kazibwe had fouled in the box.
Al-Ahly Shandi and Al-Hilal Kadougli played to a 1-all draw in Kadguli on Saturday afternoon, a result that paved way for URA to finish second in group ‘C’ and sail into the quarter finals of the Cecafa-Kagame Cup.
URA is now destined to fly to El-Fasher City early next week to prepare for their quarter final match on Thursday afternoon.
Their opponents in El-Fasher are still not known until the last group ‘B’ matches are played on Monday.
If Express loses to Electric FC tomorrow, chances will be high that the two Ugandan clubs may clash in the quarters. URA that finished second in group ‘C’ behind Al-Ahly Shandi plays the second team in group ‘B’.
APR vs. Merreik Al Fashir
Uganda League champions Express FC return to action today against Rwandese giants Rayon Sport FC in a match they have to win or pick a point to create chances of advancing to the knockout stage of this year’s Cecafa-Kagame Club Championship.
Express played to a goalless draw against Djibouti’s Ports FC in their group ‘B’ opening match as Rayon Sport also all drew 3-3 with Electric FC, a guest club from Chad.
The Ugandan side created many chances at the goal mouth but on many occasions shot off target. Coach Wasswa Bbosa has however promised ‘a better approach’ to today’s game.
Port vs. Express
Uganda Revenue Authority FC found the going tough at the on-going Cecafa Kagame Club Championships, going down 1-0 to Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy on Thursday evening.
Although the revenue side won their opening game by the same score on Tuesday, they will wait for the last group C game in South Kordofan to decide if they make it to the quarter finals.
“We missed so many scoring opportunities and also conceded after some defensive lapse,” said assistant Coach Ibrahim Kirya.
Another Ugandan side Express FC started the campaign on Thursday on a low note after settling for a barren draw against Djibouti’s Ports FC. The draw keeps the two teams behind Electric Sport (Chad) and Rwanda champions Rayon Sport who settled for a 3-3 draw yesterday.
El-Merreikh Fasher vs. Vital'O
Former Cranes winger Joseph Kabagambe started on bench until the 43rd minute of the first half when Coach Moshen Osman handed him a chance but could not still help his El-Merreikh Fasher club win its first fixture in the ongoing Cecafa-Kagame club championship on Wednesday afternoon.
El-Merreikh, the home club residing in El-Fasher City played a classic game but Burundi’s Vital'O FC held onto their early goal to take the day’s win.
Vital'O scored its lone goal in the 5th minute through Damour Nkurunziza. Kabagambe was however pivotal in this game with brilliant crosses from the right frank and on two occasions, he got close earning his club an equalizer.