CHAN 2018 (Group B):
- Namibia Brave Warriors 1-0 Uganda Cranes
- Zambia 2-0 Cote D’Ivoire
A ten man Uganda Cranes outfit suffered yet another heart break at the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament following a late slip up to Namibia Warriors on Thursday night during the 1-0 Group B loss in Marrakech.
Second half substitute Panduleni Nekundi who had replaced Junias Theophilus 13 minutes into the second half was the hero with the lone strike on the chilly night.
Nekundi struck with a sublime left footed strike past Vipers’ goalkeeper Isma Rashid Watenga in the second minute of added time.
The decisive moment of the game arrived after nervousness in the Cranes’ back-line.
Before the strike, the game looked destined for a barren draw until suspect positioning at the Ugandan defence cost the CECAFA giants dear.
Uganda got close to breaking the deadlock on numerous occasions but Derrick Nsibambi and Allan Kyambadde were unlucky on several occassions.
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebestien Desabre made one change to the starting team with goalie Watenge returning to the posts in favour of Benjamin Ochan who had started in the opening game against Zambia that Cranes lost 3-1.
Right winger Milton Karisa looked lively throughout the match, running over the opposition and delivering pin point crosses that troubled the Warriors backline.
Uganda Cranes lost defender Timothy Denis Awanyi after a red card for a professional foul inside the last 15 minutes.
The technical team for Uganda called for all the three changes in the game.
Midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma paved way for fellow KCCA midfielder Paul Mucureezi 11 minutes into the second half.
Bright Stars captain Nelson Senkatuka replaced SC Villa Jogoo play maker Allan Kyambadde with 16 minutes left on the clock .
The final change witnessed Bright Stars wide man Sheif Batte come in for KCCA creative midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba in the last five minutes.
Like Cote D’Ivoire who had earlier lost 2-0 to Zambia, Uganda bows out of the tournament despite a dead rubber affair next week with the West Africans (Cote D’Ivoire) in their respective last group match.
This implies, Zambia and Namibia who will face off in Casablanca next week have already qualified to the quarter final stage.
Uganda fell 3-1 to Zambia and Namibia also required a similar late goal to down Cote D’Ivoire during the first Group B matches.
Now, in four competitions at CHAN, Uganda has never progressed past the group stages.
Uganda Cranes XI: Isma Watenga (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Dennis Timothy Awanyi, Bernard Muwanga (C), Taddeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Muzamir Mutyaba (85′ Sheif Batte), Derrick Nsibambi, Ibrahim Sadam Juma (56′ Paul Mucureezi), Allan Kyambadde (74′ Nelson Senkatuka)
Subs Not Used: Saidi Keni (G.K), Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Aggrey Madoi, Rahmat Senfuka, Joseph Nsubuga, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Shaban Muhammed, Mubarak Kasule, Moses Waiswa