By Ernest Ndunda in Dar
Immediately after final whistle by Burundian referee Thiery Nkurunziza, the stadium was lit with fireworks as Yanga fans celebrated their team’s 2-0 win over Azam in the final of the tournament, which attracted 11 teams.
Thousands of Yanga fans in their traditional yellow and green T-shirts cheered the team throughout the match as tension mounted between Yanga and Simba fans who were supporting Azam.
The Yanga fans trekked for over 10km through the busy Kariokor area, dancing and blowing vuvuzelas to tell the entire Dar-es-Salaam that they were the champions.
Cars blared their horns, while other elated fans flew high the club’s flag in support of their team as activities along the stadium street came to a standstill.
The bus carrying the players also snaked through most of the Dar-es-Salaam streets in celebration mood as players acknowledged greetings from the screaming fans.
However, as Yanga fans were in celebration mood, Azam air-conditioned bus left carrying supporters as players left in their private cars to their Club House, which also houses most of them.
Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said the best team won the trophy as referees exercised their professionalism throughout the tournament.
“You will have people with varying views, but the best team won the tournament. I thank God as all went on well despite a few hic cups,” said Musonye.
“The tournament was competitive and I thank our patron the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame for his support to the tournament,” added Musonye.
Musonye said Kagame Club Championships had become one of the toughest tournaments in Africa and called for more sponsors to come on board.