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Uganda Cranes light up opening day with win over Burundi; Djibouti goalless against Somalia

2019 CECAFA CHALLENGE CUP

(Kampala, December 7-22)

Results:

Dec 7:

Uganda 2-1 Burundi Gp ‘A’

(UGA: Bright Anukani 8′,  Fahad Bayo 21′; BUR – Cedric  Rurasenga 60′)

Djibouti 0-0 Somalia Gp ‘A’

Group ‘A’:

  • Uganda
  • Burundi
  • Djibouti
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea

Group ‘B’:

  • Kenya (Defending champions)
  • Tanzania Mainland
  • Zanzibar
  • Sudan

*Absent: Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and (invited guests), DR Congo

UGANDA beat Burundi 2-1 while Djibouti and Somalia drew 0-0 to open this year’s Cecafa Challenge Cup football at Lugogo, Kampala on Saturday.

The nine-team tournament will have its preliminary stage matches of two groups taking place on the synthetic turf of the small ground in Lugogo owned by Uganda Premier League (UPL) club Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). The larger Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala suburbs, Namboole, will be used at some stage but, in any case, for now, a traditionally poor grass pitch would probably be horrid under the heavy rains hitting East Africa.

Top: Uganda celebrate one of their goals and, above, they continue the battle against Burundi at Lugogo

Top: Uganda celebrate one of their goals and, above, they continue the battle against Burundi at Lugogo

The Djibouti and Somalia goalless draw opened the tournament — hit by the no-shows of three member countries and a proposed guest – but during the second match on the card, Uganda, the most successful team in this event whose roots date back to 1926, showed entertaining football against a fighting Burundi.

The Cranes started with much fire and got the ball past the Burundi ‘keeper inside two minutes but the assistant referee raised his flag for an offside. Still, the Ugandans surged forward to deservedly take the lead in the eighth minute, Bright Anukani heading past Fabien Mutombora in Burundi goal.

Anukani turned provider in the 21st minute to set up Fahad Bayo who beat his  UPL club Vipers teammate Mutombora with a low finish.

After the break, John Revita was blown for handling in the Cranes’ box and Cedric Rusarenga, in the 15th minute, scored the penalty past Charles Lukwago to give Burundi a comeback chance.

However, the Cranes Allan Okello and Bayo were denied by the post while Viane Ssekajjugo saw his effort fly over the bar among the chances missed by the hosts who held on to win 2-1 and go top of Group ‘A’ on match day one.

Somalia (in stripes) fight for possesion against Djibouti in the tournament opener on Saturday

Somalia (in stripes) fight for possesion against Djibouti in the tournament opener on Saturday

On Sunday,  in Group ‘B’ defending champions Kenya go against Tanzania Mainland also at Lugogo.

UGANDA  (v BURUNDI):

  • Charles Lukwago, gk (KCCA)
  • Paul Willa – (Vipers)
  • Mustafa Kizza – (KCCA)
  • John Revita – (KCCA)
  • Halid Lwaliwa – (Vipers)
  • Shafiq Kagimu – (URA)/Nicholas Kasozi
  • Bright Anukani – (Proline)/Muzamiru Mutyaba
  • Allan Okello – (KCCA)
  • Ben Ocen – (Police)
  • Fahad Bayo – (Vipers)
  • Viane Ssekajjugo – (Wakiso Giants)/Joachim Ojera

Players not used:

  • Joel Mutakubwa, gk – (Kyetume)
  • Musitafa Mujuzi – (Proline)
  • Paul Mbowa -(URA)
  • Karim Watambala – (Vipers)
  • Steven Mukwala – (Maroons)
  • Joel Madondo – (Busoga United)

Coach: Jonathan McKinstry (Northern Ireland)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

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