No 15th Cecafa title for Uganda

Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup 2017

Uganda 1-2 Zanzibar

Sunday, final

Kenya vs Zanzibar

Third place playoff

Uganda vs Burundi

Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup record champions, Uganda, will have to wait for another shot next year if they are to claim yet another unprecedented title.

The 14-time winners will for now instead meet Burundi in the third place playoff on Sunday after their journey was cut short by Zanzibar in Kisumu, Kenya on Friday.

Zanzibar will battle hosts Kenya, who edged Burundi in the the first semifinal, for the title on Sunday.

Ten-man Uganda first went behind through a Abdul-Azizi Makame header on 22 minutes.

Six minutes later, Derrick Nsibambi scored a leveller after a neat interplay with Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Kyambadde and Hood Kaweesa.

The absence of suspended duo of Timothy Awany and Isaac Muleme was evident, Cranes coach Moses Basena being forced to withdraw out-of-sorts Shakif Bakaki for Joseph Nsubuga before half time.

But Nsubuga lasted only a few minutes before fouling an opponent in the box to earn himself a red card and the Zanzibaris a penalty.

Juma Mohammed sent the ball to the roof of the net from the spot, leaving custodian Ismail Watenga everywhere but nowhere.

After the third place playoff against Burundi on Sunday, the Cranes will focus attention to Chan Morocco 2018, which kicks off in January.

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