Tanzania’s Azam FC secure first Cecafa club title

Tanzanian side Azam FC secured their first Cecafa Kagame Club Championship, beating Gor Mahia 2-0 in Dar es Salaam.
The team managed by Englishman Stewart Hall scored either side of half-time through skipper John Bocco and Ivory Coast import Tchetche.

The Cecafa Kagame title is contested by East and Central African clubs.
Azam took the lead against the Kenyan Premier League champions on 17 minutes, thanks to a goal from Bocco.
After conceding, Gor Mahia piled pressure on the home side with Innocent Wafula’s shot missing the target by inches.
Gor Mahia’s Ugandan midfielder Khalid Aucho was lucky to escape a booking, after a nasty challenge.
In the second half, Gor Mahia returned showing more hunger for goal, but it was Azam who almost doubled their lead when Kipre Tchetche’s shot rattled the post.
But Ivorian Tchetche did make it 2-0 soon afterwards, as he found the net on 64 minutes from a free kick.
The tournament’s leading scorer Michael Olunga failed to bring Gor Mahia back into the game when he fired a shot across the face of goal

Azam – who were formed in 2007 – followed their first Tanzanian Premier League title in 2014 with their maiden success in the regional competition.

Azam FC finished the tournament as winners and without conceding a goal in any of their six games played.
In an earlier match, Ugandan Premier League side, KCCA FC, finished third after edging Al Khartoum of Sudan 2-1 in the third-place play-off game.
KCCA FC won bronze medals and a US$10,000 cash prize.
Michael Birungi scored in the seventh minute before Muzamir Mutyaba made it 2-0 after 10 minutes.
But the Sudanese team – managed by former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah – regained their form to score after 25 minutes.
Ousmalia Baba made no mistake scoring from Atif Khalid’s good cross.
Al Khartoum’s Ahmed Adam and KCCA FC’s Birungi were sent-off for an off-the-ball incident.
The tournament – partly sponsored by Rwanda President Paul Kagame – attracted 13 teams from Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti, Zanzibar, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

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