Uganda win CECAFA 2019: Uganda beat Eritrea to be crowned CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Winners of 2019 (19 Dec 2019).
Goals from Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kiiza and Joel Madondo saw Uganda secure the win over Eritrea, who had impressed many by defeating Kenya to make their way to the final.
Winning the tournament for a record 15th time, it was only the second time in Uganda's history that they had done so by winning every game in the tournament.
For Coach McKinstry, the win rounds off a successful 2019 and first few months as Head Coach of Uganda - with 9 wins and 1 draw from 10 games. The tournament victory also improves on his 2015 CECAFA performance, where he lead Rwanda to the runners-up spot, being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for doing so.
Speaking after Uganda lifted the trophy, McKinstry said:
"I'm extremely proud of all the Uganda Cranes players & staff and their efforts which have delivered a perfect run of 6 wins from 6 games to lift the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019."
"I am pleased with how the players performed in the final after five very tough matches. It is a huge honour to win this tournament and it is a very good starting point for us as we prepare for the CAF Nations Championship [CHAN] in Cameroon in 2020".
Asked to comment on opponents Eritrea, he said:
"We knew our opponents would be giving absolutely everything to get a result, and we knew we would have to be at our best as Eritrea have shown in this tournament that they can cause problems if they are allowed to. It is fair to say the Eritrean performance throughout the tournament has been remarkable"
Notes to Editors
- In winning CECAFA 2019, Uganda won all six of their games, scoring fourteen goals and conceding just two.
- To reach final Uganda overcame Burundi (2-1); Somalia (2-0); Eritrea (2-0); Djibouti (4-1); Tanzania (1-0); Eritrea (Final 3-0).
- Since being appointed on 01 Oct 2019, Coach McKinstry has now secured 9 wins and one draw from 10 games.
- In addition to the above results, these also include: Malawi, 2-0 (AFCON qualifier- Nov 19); Burkina Faso, 1-1 (AFCON qualifier- Nov 19); Burundi, 3-0 (CHAN qualifier – Oct 19), Ethiopia, 1-0 (International Friendly – Oct 19)