Uganda 2-0 Guinea

A first half brace from striker Geoffrey Massa was enough to sink Guinea in the 2015 Orange Africa Nations Cup qualifier match played at Mandela National stadium, Namboole on Wednesday evening.

Both teams started cautiously and it wasn’t until after five minutes that Cranes launched the first attack on goal.

In the 6th minute, Oloya’s brilliant low cross almost ended into Guinea’s net but Camara Fode’s miscued clearance ended in a corner.

The resultant corner saw Andrew Mwesigwa coolly control the ball inside the 18 yard box but his cross found none to connect.

The visitor’s first real scare came in the 20th minute but Denis Onyango found no difficulties in dealing with Sylla Idrissa long range shot.

A minute later, The Cranes took the lead through Geoffrey Massa after he received a good headed pass from Aucho Khalid following an excellent cross from Moses Oloya down the right flank.

In the 38th minute, Onyango was again at hand to save when Souma Seydouba shot on target.

Onyango saved again alert to parry Ibrahim Traore’s shot into a corner which The Cranes well defended.

Three minutes later, Massa extended Uganda’s lead with a fine strike after receiving a good pass from Luwagga Kizito.

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The Portugal based winger received the ball from Tonny Mawejje inside Cranes half and beat left back Camara Fode before sliding a pass to Massa which the AmaTuks striker controlled with a nice left foot before hitting the ball with the right into the roof of the net with Yattara Naby well beaten.

The first half whistle blew with Uganda deservingly in a 2-0 lead.
After recess, Guinea appeared the better side as they launched relentless attacks on Cranes goal but with no breakthrough.

On the hour mark, Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer introduced Landel Lucien for Conte Ibrahim Sory as a measure reinforcing his attack but it was Cranes that nearly got the third through Luwagga Kizito whose shot was were dealt with by Yattara in Guinea’s goal.

In the 65th minute saw a power blackout that lasted for over eight minutes and Micho made his first change immediately after power was restored with Brian Majwega replacing Moses Oloya.

Dussuyer made another change in the 75th minute replacing Idrissa with danger man Ismael Bangoura and he almost made an instant impact but his shot from the edge of the 18 yard area went wide.

The visitors were in control of proceedings at the moment with Ibrahim Traore nearly getting them a goal but the ball got into Onyango’s safe pair of hands.

Cranes nearly extended the lead but Aucho Khalid’s shot after Luwagga’s good work was blocked for a corner which The Cranes defended.

Micho made another substitution withdrawing midfielder Aucho for striker Brian Umony and later Robert Ssentongo for two goal hero Massa at the death of full time.

Victory puts Cranes on top of group E with four points same as Ghana but Uganda has a better goal difference.

Guinea now sit third with three points while Togo who lost 3-2 to Ghana in Lome are bottom with no point.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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