1. Cameroon: U$ 60.000
2. Uganda: U$ 30.000
3. Morocco : U$ 20.000
4. Sudan: U$ 10.000
The Uganda Cranes put up a competitive fight for the LG cup overall winner’s prize money of 60.000 US Dollars but narrowly lost it to Cameroon’s indomitable Lions at the last minute on a goal difference.
Uganda finished second and returns home with a trophy and 30.000 US Dollars in prize (about UG Shs.78m) after hosts Morocco failed to beat Cameroon in the last game.
Morocco struggled to avoid a second loss in the normal time when Nordin Amrabat scored an equalizer in the 90th minute. Samuel E’tto had earlier scored for the West Africans. The result forced the game into spot kicks to decide the winner which the hosts lost 4-2.
If Cameroon had lost the game, Uganda would have emerged champions of this FIFA sanctioned LG cup. This is however the furthest, Uganda has ever gone in this tournament. Both Cameroon and Uganda tied at 5 points having won their first engagements. Cameroon beat Sudan 3-1 while Uganda humiliated the hosts with a 1-0 win. Every direct win fetched the team 3points but the winner of the extended spot kicks only got 2 points, leaving 1 point for the opposite team in an appreciation of their effort to force the game into a draw.
Cranes’ goal keeper Denis Onyango was the team’s heroic player when he saved three penalties and scored a winner as Uganda dumped Sudan 3-2 to push them into the 4th position. The match had ended 0-0 in the normal time.
Meanwhile Moses Oloya returned to Vietnam this Monday morning leaving the rest of the team in Marrakesh city. The rest of the team leaves Morocco on Tuesday to spend a night in Istanbul, Turkey before connecting to Entebbe. According to their travel details, the team arrives Wednesday night around 2:00am.