Ugandans living in Tanzania hosted the Uganda Cranes team to dinner on saturday night few hours after the team had stopped Rwanda to win their 12th Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup title.
The Cranes beat Rwanda 3-2 on penalties on Saturday at the National Stadium in the Tanzanian capital to win their 12th Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup. “We are very proud of you and will always be there when you need any help,” said Justus Baguma, a Ugandan and proprietor of JB Belmont.
Ugandan Ambassador in Tanzania Prof. Ibrahim Mukiibi thanked the entire team for the work well done and called upon the coach and his technical team to keep working hard so that the team qualifies for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Team captain Andy Mwesigwa who praised God for guiding them to victory handed the trophy to the Ambassador before photos were taken with the team and the Ugandans leaving in Tanzania.
George Kanuma, chairman of the Association of Ugandans leaving in Tanzania thanked the team for showing high levels of discipline. “Last year you finished third and returned this year to win the trophy,” added Kanuma.
Federation of Uganda Football Association President Lawrence Mulindwa who was also in Dar es Salaam missed the function, but his officials Moses Magogo, and Rogers Mulindwa.
The Cranes team who return fly back tomorrow evening aboard Air Uganda bagged US$30,000 cash prize together with medals and a trophy. Rwanda handled by former SC Villa coach Sredejovic Micho Milutin took home US$20,000, while third placed Sudan picked US$10,000.