December 9, 2021

America: Kizza wins first Montreal title

By Brian Aheebwa
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Mustapha Kizza posses with the Canadian Championship and his winners' medal | Photo by Montreal Impact

Uganda Cranes defender Mustafa Kizza won his first title with his American club Montreal Impact on Sunday.

Kizza’s side edged Toronto FC 1-0 to win the Canadian Championship a feat that also earned them a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Montreal were the most dominant of the two teams on the day, creating plenty of goal scoring opportunities but could only convert one late into the game.

Honduras born forward Romell Quioto scored the only goal of the encounter in the 72nd minute for the crowd at Saputo Stadium to go wild.

However, the former KCCA FC left back Kizza was not part of the match day squad but was available to collect his winner’s medal.

Meanwhile, retired Kenya captain Victor Wanyama, a great friend to Kizza played fulltime and should have had a goal but was denied by the crossbar in the 62nd minute.

Another Ugandan Nobel Okello, cousin to former Ugandan international David Obua featured for Toronto.

Both Montreal and Toronto missed out on the Major League Soccer playoffs after finishing 10th and 13th respectively in the Eastern Conference.

And therefore playing in the Canadian Championship final was more of a consolation to both teams as the season climaxed.

Sunday’s victory ensured that Montreal defended their 2019 crown. The 2020 final between Toronto and Forge FC was not played due to COVID-19. It was Montreal’s fifth Canadian Championship while Toronto have won it seven times.

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