Tanzania produced a stunning second-half to beat Ethiopia 4-1 at the Stade de Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, 27 July to clinch back-to-back Cecafa Women’s Championship titles.
The holders fell a goal down at the half hour when Meselu Abera scored yet another long-range free-kick from the midfield.
But Kilimanjaro Queens managed to dig deep after the break scoring four times to storm to the title.
Veteran playmaker Mwanahamisi Omary, whose brace lifted Tanzania to the Cecafa title in 2016, netted the equaliser just a minute into the second half.
Donisia Daniel then scored her third of the tournament to hand Tanzania the lead before Stumai Abdallah and Fatuma Swaleh sealed the win.
The comeback was a befitting finish for the holders who suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat to hosts Rwanda in their opener before drawing with Kenya.
They finally found their footing in their third match, dismantling Uganda 4-1 before repeating the same against Ethiopia to defend the Cecafa title.
The emphatic win saw Tanzania finish tied on 7 points with the surprise package of the tournament: Uganda.
But the traditional regional powerhouse enjoyed a superior goal difference: +6 to Uganda’s -1.
Ethiopia had to settle for a second successive third-place finish on 6 points while Kenya finished fourth tied on 4 points with hosts Rwanda.
Champions: Tanzania ($2,500)
Silver medalists: Uganda ($1,500)
Bronze medalists: Ethiopia ($1,0000)
Golden Glove: Ruth Aturo/Uganda
Golden Ball: Fatuma Issa/Tanzania
Topscorers: Donisia Daniel/Tanzania, Meselu Abera/Ethiopia
- Tanzania: 7pts/+6
- Uganda: 7pts/-1
- Ethiopia: 6pts/0
- Kenya: 4pts/0
- Rwanda: 4pts/-4