Uganda Premier League champions KCCA FC became the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) 2019 champions for the first time in 41 years. The last time the kasasiro boys lifted the most coveted regional club trophy was in 1978 when they defeated army side, Simba FC, on penalties.
On Sunday 21st July 2019 in a packed Nyamirambo stadium in Kigali, history was made again as Mike Mitebi’s boys beat Tanzania side Azam F.C. by a goal.
KCCA dominated the first 45 minutes in which Allan Okello had a goal disallowed after a foul in the build-up, Sadat Anaku and Mike Mutyaba also came close but were denied by Azam shot-stopper Razak. It was in the 62nd minute when left-back Mustafa Kizza put KCCA in the lead with his second goal of the tournament and outed the few
KCCA pocketed USD30,000 as prize money from Rwandan President Paul Kagame. It should also be remembered that prior to the finals, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo had promised each KCCA player USD1,000 should they beat Azam F.C.
In essence, Jinja-bred and former Busoga United FC (formerly Kirinya Jinja SSS FC) goalkeeper Tom Ikara will walk away with not less than UGX3.7M. Ikara was part of the squad that traveled to Kigali and after the tournament, he will remain in Mbarara to link up with his new team the Ankole Lions to which he was loaned.
Congratulations are in order for KCCA FC and Tom Ikara.