Today in History: When a coin toss had to be used to decide group leader in the CECAFA club championship

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Bonny LULE 

In 1999 the CECAFA club championship was held in Uganda and won by Tanzania’s Yanga after they beat Ugandan giants Sc Villa on penalties. (4-1)

Danger man Edibilly Lunyamila had leveled the score in the 42nd minute to cancel out Hassan Mubiru’s early goal in the 7th minute.

The Tanzanians were in a group of two teams with Rayon Sport after the third team Red Sea of Eritrea withdrew from the tournament.

As a result, Yanga and their counterparts Rayon Sport of Rwanda had to play two games between themselves. (Good idear by the organizers. However much ridiculous it looked – two teams in a group playing two games, sounds funny but fair to both teams)

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In the first game played on 4th January 1999, Rayon Sport beat Edibilly Lunyamila’s Yanga 3-0. In the second game played two days after on 6th January 1999, believe it or not, Yanga returned the favour by beating Rayon Sport with an identical score line 3-0 it was!!
Complications, a group leader had to be decided and there was nothing to seperate these two teams after the two games.

Solution, you ask??

Coin toss, Rayon Sport won the toss and topped the group, problem solved.

Yanga went on improving in each game they played just like current world champions Argentina at the just concluded World Cup in Qatar until they were crowned Champions for the 2nd time on Ugandan soil. The first being in 1993 when they beat the same team Sc Villa.

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