Nelson Senkatuka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • CECAFA 2017
  • Uganda Cranes 0-0 Burundi

Burundi held the record CECAFA holders Uganda Cranes to a  goalless draw in a Group B encounter at Bhukungu Stadium, Kakamega on Monday afternoon.

The Cranes were the better side in the opening ten minutes of the game with two early corners ripped off the pressure from Milton Karisa and Derrick Nsibambi.

Burundi slowly clawed back to the game with Simba Football Club forward Laudit Mavugo and Bloemfontein Celtics striker Abdoul Fiston piling pressure to Uganda’s backline of Skipper Bernard Muwanga and Timothy Dennis Awany.

Newly named Airtel FUFA Footballer of Year Muzamiru Mutyaba forced a save from goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana with an effort 30 yards as the first half neared the climax.

Ten minutes into the second half, Uganda Cranes technical team headed by Moses Basena introduced Bright Stars’ captain Nelson Senkatuka for Vipers’ holding midfielder Tadeo Lwanga.

Three minutes later, Police robust forward Hood Kaweesa came on for the KCCA midfielder Allan Kateregga.

The changes added instant impact upfront for Uganda Cranes as Kaweesa, Senkatuka and Nsibambi offered options for Uganda in the quest for the much needed break through goal.

Sixty six minutes into the game, Paul Mucureezi replaced Karisa.

Fiston shot narrowly wide as Burundi reacted off a quick counter attack with less than 20 minutes left on the clock.

Defender Nico Wakiro Wadada saved Uganda from conceding with a goal-line clearance two minutes to full time.

Substitute Senkatuka had a chance to shoot from an acute angle off Isaac Muleme’s long diagonal ball.

Uganda Cranes Starting Line-up: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Bernard Muwanga (Captain), Tadeo Lwanga (55′ Nelson Senkatuka), Allan Kyambadde, Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Allan Kateregga (58′ Hood Kaweesa) and Milton Karisa (66′ Paul Mucureezi)

Subs Not Used: Tom Ikaara (GK), Ismail Watenga (GK), Daniel Isiagi, Aggrey Madoi, Tom Masiko, Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Joseph  Nsubuga, Shafik Bakaki

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Peter Waweru
  • 1st Assistant Referee: Tonny Kidiya
  • 2nd Assistant Referee: Joshua Achilla
  • 4th Official: Anthony Ogwayo

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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