Tanzania Thrash Ethiopia To Win 2018 CECFA Women Challenge Cup

The Kilimanjaro Queens of Tanzania thrashed Ethiopia by 4-1 in their final game to win the 2018 CECFA Women Challenge Cup.

In a game played at the Kigali Regional Stadium, Nyamirambo on Friday, the reigning champions had no kind words for the Horn of Africa nation.

The result saw Tanzania finish top of the five-team competition played on a  round robin basis with a tally of 7 points, just as many as Uganda’s Crested Cranes but with a superior goal difference of 5 goals that eventually had them crowned champions in Rwanda.

Uganda finished second with Ethiopia in third place on 6 points while Kenya finished 4th following their 2-0 victory over hosts Rwanda on the final day of the tournament. Rwanda finished bottom of the five-team pool.

Uganda’s Crested Cranes goalkeeper Ruth Aturo was voted the best goalie of the tournament while Tanzania’s Issa Fatuma Maonyo was the MVP (Most Valuable Player).

“I was determined and focused not to let my team lose. I’m so glad I have won the award. I thank my teammates for the support, without them I wouldn’t have achieved this. No one realised we could reach this far but we believed in ourselves. It’s a great achievement to me and the team,” Aturo Ruth said as quoted on the federation’s website www.fufa.co.ug  

The Kilimanjaro Queens also walked away with a cash prize of $2500 besides the trophy while Uganda won $1500 for the first Runners Up and Ethiopia $1000 for finishing third.

“The FIFA forward programme is a really a game changer in our zone. For many years, people used to complain that CECAFA had no interest in women Football,” CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye remarked as quoted by Daily Sports News while addressing guests and teams on the closing ceremony.

“Yes, they were right because we could not organise women and youth competitions without resources. But when FIFA leadership decided to give some focus on zones were relieved. We have so far organised a high profile Under-17 event in Burundi in April and we have now staged a successful Women Challenge Cup in Rwanda,” he added.

“The FIFA initiative is really a big boost to the development of football in our zone. Our ladies have really demonstrated their appetite in the field of play and they are really a pleasant cast to watch.”

“We really thank FIFA and CAF for giving an opportunity to exploit their potential both at Youth and Women level. Cecafa shall continue to take advantage of this noble initiative to organise more youth and women activities in the region.”

2018 CECAFA Women Championship:

  • Winner: Tanzania ($2500)
  • 1st Runners up: Uganda ($1500)
  • 2nd Runners up: Ethiopia ($1000)

Individual Accolades:

  • Most Valuable Player (MVP): Issa Fatuma Maonyo (Tanzania)
  • Best Goalkeeper: Ruth Aturo (Uganda)
  • Top Scorers: Meselu Abera Tesfamariam (Ethiopia) and Donisia Daniel Minja (Tanzania) – 3 goals apiece
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