2013 Cecafa finals:
Kenya 2 – 0 Sudan - Nyayo Stadium
A goal in each half from team Skipper, Allan Wanga has led Kenya to a memorable victory over Sudan in the thrilling finals of the 2013 GOtv Cecafa finals played on the historic day of the nation’s commemoration of 50 years on independence.
The victory earns Kenya a top prize money of Us Dollars 30,000 and a 6th title, 7 short of the record winners, Uganda (Uganda has won 13 Cecafa titles).
The AFC Leopards forward got the first goal after 35 minutes to help the Harambee Stars take a half time lead. The stars played a pressing game with passion, urgency, flamboyance and caution well aware of the slippery Nyayo Stadium turf following the heavy rains that watered the ground overnight and by kick off time.
The birth-date nation would have even capped the first half with a cricket score, save for the heroics of Ali Abdelrahman in the Sudanese goal posts in the 2 hour delayed fixture that followed complications of team Sudan members being held up by Hotel authorities due to unpaid bills.
Wanga, only handed the team’s arm band from Francis Kahata who led the side in the opening goal-less draw against Ethiopia and 3-1 win over South Sudan, continued to grow in stature, confidence and composure and netted in the team’s victory over Zanzibar in the team's 2-0 Nakuru win.
"It has surely being team work. Without my team mates, we would not have reached this far", two goal hero, Wanga, who finished on 3 goals, 2 behind, the tourney's top scorer, Sudan’s Ibrahim Salah leads the scoring chart (on 5 goals), said after the match. Wanga also won the man of the match award, that comes forth with a DSTV decoder.
Kenya has now won the cecafa championships 6 times; in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2002 and lately 2013. Speaking shortly after the game, the head coach of the Harambee Stars, Adel Amorouche hailed the spirit exhibited by the entire team right from the opening game of the campaign to the finals.
"The boys have really believed in themselves all tournament round with superb performances and spirited displayed. That is the recipe of hard work", the Belgian born, who missed the team's opener against Ethiopia remarked after the game.
There was joy unlimited from players, officials and fans alike as Kenya's former prime Minister, a self profound soccer addict, Raila Odinga, handed over the glittering trophy to captain, Allan Wanga. The trophy had been ushered into the stadium amidst mild rains minutes prior kick-off by a GOtv branded helicopter, much to the applause of the fans.
As the players ran about with the trophy for that memorable lap of honor, many extremely excited soccer fans still chorused praise songs in unison and the fun-party will go on all night long for days, weeks, months and a years till 2015, when the next edition will be held.
The third place was taken the guest team, the Zambian Chipolopolo beat Tanzanian Kilimanjaro Stars 6-5 on post match penalties after a 1-1 draw of the game played under intense rainy conditions.
Congratulations Harambee Stars, Congratulations Kenya at 50 years.