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CECAFA 2017: Uganda take 3rd place as Kenya win this year's challenge cup

After Uganda Cranes made it to the semi-finals, the fans expected the ruining 2016 CECAFA champs were taking this year's senior challenge cup too.

However, it wasn't the case after the Ugandan team lost to islanders Zanzibar (who made it to the final with Kenya).

Uganda was competing against Burundi to at least end the journey of just concluded tournament in a better position.

This saw Cranes beat Burundi 2-1 to be placed in the 3rd position in the CECAFA 2017 senior challenge cup.

Uganda previously finished third in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1991, 2007 and 2010. Cranes return home on Monday with Kshs 1M (One million Kenyan shiilings) as a token from the tournament.

On the brighter side, the Harambee stars of Kenya beat Zanzibar Heroes 3-2 on penalties after a normal play that ended 2-2 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

The Zanzibar Heroes came back stronger after the break, trying to push Harambee Stars into making mistakes, and they won a free kick in a promising position, however Mwinyi Haji once again failed to capitalize on the opportunity, shooting the ball way over.

Kepha Aswani was forced off with an injury, prompting coach Paul Put to introduce Kenyan Premier League top scorer Masoud Juma with 25 minutes to go.

In the 75th minute, Zanzibar had the best of opportunities to equalize. Kenya defense was caught napping and the ball fell kindly to Issa Juma, who did well to take his time and set up Kassim Ali, however Atudo was in the right place to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net.

The hard fighting Zanzibar was rewarded for their pressing in the 87th minute. Substitute Khamisi Musa came into the rescue, finishing off beautifully Salim Kheri's well cut pass to silence the home crowd and sending the game to extra time.

Seven minutes into extra time and Kenya scored the second goal courtesy of Juma, who did well to capitalize on the goalkeeper's mistake. The custodian gave away the goal kick, with the help of a defender, and the striker needed two touches to give Stars a deserved lead. 

Three minutes later, it was 2-2, this time round Musa Mohammed failing to clear the danger giving Khamisi Musa a chance to complete his brace and send the match to penalties.

Matasi kept out Ahmed Said, Khamis Musa and Mohammed Issa spot-kicks with Mudathir Abbas and Dan Abdul scoring for the Zanzibar Heroes.

Kenya scored courtesy of Jockins AtudoWesley Onguso and Samuel Onyango, while Duncan Otieno missed out. 

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