Bright Anuakani and Fahad Bayo gave Uganda Cranes a 2-0 half time lead at the StarTimes Stadium. The home team dominated most of the first half, but failed to take their chances.
Uganda Cranes have defeated Burundi 2-1 in a Group A match as the 2019
CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup kicked off on Saturday.
Anuakani and Fahad Bayo gave Uganda Cranes a 2-0 half time lead at the
StarTimes Stadium. The home team dominated most of the first half, but failed
to take their chances.
second half Burundi was a changed side attacking in numbers and putting Uganda
After 60 minutes Burundi earned a penalty after defender John
Revita handled the ball in the box.
Rurasenga made no mistake from the spot as he sent Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Charles
Lukwago the wrong way.
Uganda also had Allan Okello miss a chance.
“I am happy
that we have started with a win, but there is still a lot to be done,” said Uganda
Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry.
Alian Niyungeko, the Burundi coach said despite the defeat his players responded
“We created the chances and should get sharper at goal as the tournament gets on,” added Niyungeko.
In the earlier
Group A match Somalia and Djibouti settled for a goalless draw.
Stars of Somalia had a chance to take an early lead but Yonis Abdirizak Farh
had his shot blocked for a corner. Djibouti’s Ahmed Youssouf also hit the post
twice in the first half.
teams continued to create scoring chances in the second half, but were let down
by the wet surface.
of Djibouti Julie Mette said he was happy with the way his players reacted, but
added that scoring remains a big problem.
“We are happy to be in this
tournament because it will give us more exposure ahead of the group stage of
the 2021 FIFA World Cup qualifiers,” added Mette.
continues on Sunday with Zanzibar facing Sudan and defending champions Kenya
taking on Tanzania in Group B matches.
tournament that has attracted nine teams will climax on December 19th.
Group A standing
P W D L GF GA A Pts
Uganda 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3Djibouti 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Somalia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Burundi 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0