The epic final, held at Stade El Mereikh on Sunday night and watched by a huge crowd, saw the biggest upset in the 34-year history of the championship.
Hamisi Kitagenda scored in the 15th minute to reward his side's great show in the opening period of the match. After that, the Rwandans escaped a fierce onslaught by El Mereikh, who hit the cross bar and had another effort headed off the goal-line with 'keeper Eric Ndayishime well beaten.
The outcome was all the more shocking because El-Mereikh had hammered Atraco 6-1 in the group stage. Furthermore, it was the first time the Rwandan side had reached the final.
In the third-place match played earlier in the day, TP Mazembe beat Kenyan champions Mathare United 2-0 to win the tournament’s bronze medal.
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Most CECAFA Cup wins
|10||Uganda||1973, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008|
|5||Kenya||1975, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2002|
|4||Ethiopia||1987, 2001, 2004, 2005|
|3||Sudan||1980, 2006, 2007|
|3||Malawi||1978, 1979, 1988|
Number of participations by team