Kenya’s Harambee Stars are the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup champions after beating Zanzibar 3-2 on post-match penalties.
The two sides had tied 2-2 at extra time forcing the winner to be decided through spot kicks.
Kenyan custodian Patrick Matasi was the hero of the game after he blocked three penalties to hand the Harambee Stars their 13th title in the regional tournament at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, on Sunday.
“This was team work as our coach had given us the morale. My coach told me (before the penalties) to concentrate with the ball and not jump around,” Matasi said after the match.
Harambee Stars goals had been scored by Ovella Ochieng and Musa Mohammed while Zanzibar had equalized both goals through Khamis Musa at extra time.
On spot kicks, Kenya scored courtesy of Jockins Atudo, Wesley Onguso and Samuel Onyango, while Duncan Otieno missed out.
Kenya last won the trophy in 2013 after edging out Sudan 2-0 in Nairobi.