Tanzania became the first women regional women team to successfully defend the CECAFA Women Challenge tournament since its creation in 1986.
The Queens defeated Ethiopia 4-1 in their last round-robin match played on Friday at the Stade de Kigali in Rwanda to top the table from Uganda on goal difference.
Four goals from Omary Shurua Mwanahamisi Oary Shurua in the 46th minute, Donisia Daniel Minja in the 56th minute, Stumai Abdallah Athumani in the 60th minute and Fatuma Mustapha Swalehe in the 91st earned the title for Coach Bakari Nyundo Shime led side.
The victory sent the Kilimanjaro Queens top of the standings joint on seven points with Uganda but with a better goal difference of -1.
Tanzania lost the opening match of the tournament to hosts Rwanda 1-0 before drawing 1-1 with Kenya’s Harambee Starlets.
They went on to defeat Uganda 4-1 and also humbled Ethiopia by the same margin.
Uganda finished second, just behind Tanzania, having scored six and conceded seven goals.
Ethiopia with six points came third, while Kenya – who beat hosts Rwanda in the last game 2-0 on Friday – settled for fourth place.
As champions, Tanzania claimed the title and walked away with a cash prize worth USD 2500; Uganda recieved USD 1500 while Ethiopia pocked USD 1000 thanks to sponsorship from Bank of Kigali.
Uganda’s Crested Cranes Ruth Aturo claimed the best goalkeeper’s award while Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Queens star Fatuma Issa Maonyo was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Ethiopia’s Meselu Abera Tesfamariam and Donisia Daniel Minja finished joint top scorers with three goals each.
The tournament – which attracted only five countries after other member nations failed to enter teams – was partly funded by football’s world governing body, Fifa.