Mbungo lauds Police’s performance at Kagame Cup

Jimmy Mbaraga

Jimmy Mbaraga

POLICE HEAD COACH Andre CassaMbungo has praised his players for putting on a spirited performance on their debut in the 2014 CecafaKagame Cup which climaxed on Sunday in Kigali.

Police finished third overall after ejecting KCCA 4-2 on penalties following a 2-all draw in 90 minutes.

Jimmy Mbaraga had earlier opened the scoring for Police in the 35th minute to give the Rwandan side a 1-0 lead at half time. Mbaraga intercepted Daniel OpolotIsiagi’s back pass before beating Saka Mpiima to put the ball past goalkeeper Martin Elungat.

The tournament top scorer with five goals Brian Umony equalized for the Ugandan outfit in the second period but squandered chances from Tom Masiko and Umony squandered forced the game into penalties.

Substitute Habib Kavuma’s shot was saved by Police goalkeeper Marcel Nzarora while Richard Kasagga’s penalty attempt hit the woodwork to give advantage to the Rwandan side despite Masiko and Umony’s successful attempts.

Jacques Tuyisenge, Fred Ndaka, Jean d’AmourUwimana and Eric Ngendahimana converted from the spot to guide debutants Police to a third place finish at the regional tournament.

“We are very happy that we finished third although we would have wanted to emerge winners. As a team that is competing for the first time at this tournament, we did well,” CassaMbungo said in a post-match interview.

Police pocketed $10,000 for finishing third while the Ugandan champions KCCA finished in fourth position.

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