Burundi league champions are the 2013 regional Cecafa Kagame Club Championship winners after seeing off APR FC (Rwanda) last night in northern Darfur, Sudan.
Vital’O who played attractive football right from the group stages last month saw off APR 2-0 with two second half goals by skipper Amisi Tambwe and Christian Mbirizi.
Tambwe who finished top scorer of the championship with six goals headed well in the 64th minute to give Vital’O the lead, before Mbirizi made it 2-0 after three minutes.
APR’s German coach Andreas Spier brought in the fresh legs of Yannick Mukunzi and Barnabe Mububyi, but to no avail as the Vital’O defenders stood strong and firm.
Spier told the media after the game that they had a great time as a team although they did not win the trophy. He commended the organisers for looking after the teams well and organising an excellent competition that gave clubs a chance to test themselves.
For Vital’O coach Yaounde Kanyankore Kagabo, the win was a vindication as the team had worked hard and only come close, finishing third last year.
In an earlier play-off game, Joseph Kabagambe’s El Merreikh Al Fasher shocked Rwanda league champions Rayon Sport FC 1-0 to win bronze and the US$10,000 at stake. Skipper Suliaman Mubarak netted the sole goal for the Darfur side that was making a debut in the regional showpiece.
Nicholas Musonye, the Secretary of the Council for east and central African Football Associations (Cecafa) said he was glad the event had concluded well with two competitive games. He also urged the teams from Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar and South Sudan who pulled out of the event for security reasons to have more faith in Cecafa because it is for the good of football in the region.
The tournament partly sponsored by Rwanda President Paul Kagame, saw the winners Vital’O take a cash prize of US$30,000, while the runners-up APR settled for US$20,000. The two week event attracted teams from Uganda, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda and Chad.