Matasi the Hero as Harambee Stars crowned #CECAFA2017 Champions

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(Last Updated On: December 18, 2017)
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Regular and extra time had nothing to separate the two teams who had settled to a 2-2 draw. Kenya still needed post match penalties to win 3-2 and claim this year’s edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

 

Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi emerged the hero of the game as Harambee Stars edged out Zanzibar Heroes on post-match penalties to win a seventh Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and their first since winning in 2013 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

 

Matasi saved three penalties to help Stars beat the impressive islanders, who twice came from behind to force the match into penalties.

 

Harambee Stars came into the match as favourites considering their form in the competition and playing host to the tournament, but again the Zanzibar Heroes could not be underrated thanks to their heroics in the regional competition.

 

Apart from the Sh3 million prize money, Stars also pocketed an extra Sh2 million courtesy of governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Mike Sonko (Nairobi) who donated Sh1 million each.

 

Runners up Zanzibar took home Sh2 million and Uganda Sh1 million for coming third.

 

Matasi was crowned both the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and also the goalkeeper of the tourney, while Uganda’s Derrick Nsibambi won the Golden Boot with his four goals.

 

With this win we can now only hope for better things to come for Harambee Stars. 

 

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