Cranes Crowned 2015 Cecafa Champions

President Museveni has attended the opening session of the Forum on China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held at Sandton Center in Johannesburg, about it South Africa, approved during which the Chinese President H.E Xi Jinping announced a total of US$60 billion in funding support to Africa.

The support includes US$5 billion of grants in zero interest loans and US$35 billion in preferential facility and export credit loans and concessional loans.

President Xi Jinping also announced drought aid for the continent worth US$156million worth of emergency food aid to affected countries and said his country is greatly concerned about the poor harvest caused by El Nino in many African countries.

President Museveni attended the high level meeting co-chaired by President Xi Jinping and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, alongside 15 other African Presidents.

The three-day FOCAC meeting is the second time China has brought together African leaders since the forum was launched in Beijing in 2000.

China’s trade with Africa has since overtaken that of the traditional partners, Europe and the United States.

South African President Jacob Zuma said African countries needed Chinese help to process their abundant natural resources, which he said had made the continent vulnerable to exploitation in the past.

Ministers Sam Kutesa and Eng John Byabagambi escorted the President to the Summit
Ministers Sam Kutesa and Eng John Byabagambi escorted the President to the Summit

The Johannesburg summit which concludes tomorrow with China – Africa Roundtable Discussions chaired by President Jinping and President Zuma is held under the theme: Progressing together: win -win Cooperation for Common Development.


In his remarks, President Zuma said that hosting the China -Africa forum clearly demonstrates mutual trust, equality and partnership between Africa and China. He noted that the new measures highlighted in the forum will take the relationship to the new level.

The current Chairman of the African Union and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hailed China- Africa relationship saying that it has stood a test of time. He said that African Union is dedicated to the guidelines regarding the relationship both China and Africa.

Later, President Museveni held several bilateral meetings on the side lines of the forum where he  met and held discussions with the first Vice President of the Sudan Mr. Bakry Hassan Salih. The two leaders focused on matters of bilateral nature as well as trade between the two countries.

The President also met several entrepreneurs who showed interest in investing in Uganda especially in the areas of infrastructure.
The only team in World Cup qualifiers and now Cecafa senior champions, and Uganda Cranes has captured the regional holy Chalice for a record fourteen times with an emphatic 1-0 win over the Amavubi of Rwanda in a ‘bloody’ physical final played in Addis Ababa courtesy of a rejuvenated Ceasar Okhuti’s strike at the quarter hour.

First half action: The Cranes exhibited their might from onset gaining 57 percent of the possession in the opening fifteen minutes leading to a nice work down the right that Dennis Okot picked and curled nicely to find Okhuti who was unmarked in the extreme end of Rwanda’s goal.  Okhuti rose higher and headed in for the first.

The striker injured his ankle in the process and stayed out for treatment after restart. Farouk Miya almost doubled the score with just eight minutes to close the half after Faustin Usengimana made a sloppy clearance.

The Skipper drove the two but Abdul Rwatubyaye denied the final deliverance for a corner. Three minutes later, search Sekisambu exchanged well with Okot with the latter releasing a brilliant cross to Miya but the captain panicked heading over the bar.

Second half drama:

The stadium and viewers stood still ten minutes after restart when Farouk Miya lay down unconscious after a 50-50 challenge.

Miya however recovered and rejoined the team after first aid. Rwanda’s missed chances: Jean-Claude Iranzi was the closest for Rwanda, sending a rasping shot at the half hour mark from Mugiraneza assist but his effort was an inch wider.

Mugiraneza had his shot denied on the dot to break Murshid Jjuko diverting for a corner with calls for a penalty waved off by the ref.

Uganda lineup: Ismael Watenga (GK) Denis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Richard Kasagga, Murushid Jjuuko, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Erisa Ssekisambu, Muzamir Mutyaba, Farouk Miya (C) and Ceasar Okhuti Subs: James Alitho (GK) Nelson Ssenkatuka, Frank Kalanda, Shafiq Bakaki, Kezironi Kizito, Isaac Muleme, Joseph Nsubuga

Rwanda: Ndayishimiye (GK), 2 Michel Rusheshangonga, Jacques Tuyisenge,(C) Celestin Ndayishimiye, Abdul Rwatubyaye, Faustin Usengimana, Haruna Niyonzima, Yannick Mukunzi, Dominique Savio Nshuti, Jean- Baptiste Mugiraneza, Jean-Claude Iranzi,

Subs: Olivier Kwizera (GK), Fitina Omborenga, Yussufu Habimana, Ivan Senyage, Fiston Munezero, Isaite Songa, Ernest Sugira. Djihad Bizimana,

Awards: Man of the Match: Muzamiru Mutyaba

Man of the Tournament: Eliyas Mamo (Ethiopia)

Best Goal keeper: Ismail Watenga (Uganda) Top Scorer: Atahir Babikiir (Sudan) – 5 Goals

Best Coach: Johnny Mckinstry (Rwanda)

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