The Uganda Cranes will face Sudan in the next round of qualifiers after a one all draw with Tanzania’s Taifa stars in a CHAN qualifier played at Nakivubo this evening. The Cranes who advanced on a comfortable 4-1 aggregate score started the match in a slow tempo allowing their neighbours to dominate in most of the game.
The CHAN tournament specially designed and organised for home based players has seen the Cranes feature before (in 2011 and 2014). The Cranes had already done their job away when they beat Tanzania 3-0 in Dar es Salaam with two goals coming from new Vipers striker Erisa Sekisambu and local league MVP Farouk Miya silencing the home crowd at Amann Stadium.
Uganda Cranes head coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic had named an unchanged team and the match threatened to melt down into a boring slumber after first half ended 0-0 with very few chances created as the Tanzanians dominated midfield with their wing play.
With only a first minute corner the only threat coming from the Tanzanians after a mazy run from Saimon Happgod Msuva before being intercepted by defender Brian Ochwo, Tanzania then shortly had a goal disallowed for offside when John Raphael Bocco’s well timed header was cancelled by Djibouti referee Djamal Aden Aden Abdi for off side.
The match however only came to life after Taifa Stars took the lead from the penalty spot. After referee Aden pointed to the spot following a hand ball which John Rapahel Bocco. A late goal from second half substitute, Kezironi Kizito(In for Erisa Ssekisambu) then settled matters in Nakivubo stadium to give the fans something to cheer about.
Cranes only picked up pace after striker Frank Kalanda introduced in the 48th minute for John Ssemazzi and Yasser Mugerwa replacing a limping Derrick Tekwo in the 56th minute.
James Alitho – GK, Denis Okot Oola, Brian Ochwo, Hassan Waswa Mawanda – Capt, Shafiq Bakaki, Derick Tekkwo, Muzamil Mutyaba, Erisa Sekisambu, Farouk Miya, John Semazi, Robert Sentongo.