• AFCON 2019 (Round of 16)
  • Uganda Cranes 0-1 Senegal Terenga Lions

Uganda Cranes painfully bowed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, falling 1-0 to Senegal in the round of 16 game at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.

Forward Sadio Mane struck the lone goal of the physical contest.

Mane beat goalkeeper Denis Onyango after the opening quarter an hour to give the Terenga Lions a half time lead.

Sadio Mane finishes past Denis Onyango in Uganda’s goal

The goal arose following a mistake from left back Godfrey Walusimbi whose pass was blocked 30 yards away before an on-rushing Mane shot with the left foot for the goal.

Uganda Cranes suffered an injury set back when defender Hassan Wasswa Mawanda pulled a hamstring and his place was taken by Timothy Denis Awany.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda was taken out after pulling a ham-string

There were four cautions in the half, full of physical action. Three of the bookings were shown to Uganda’s players – Denis Onyango, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi and Khalid Aucho.

Senegal’s Papa Alioune Ndiaye also got cautioned in the physical opening half.

Uganda’s best chance of the first stanza fell to right back Bevis Mugabi after he narrowly headed out a Miya corner kick in the 29th minute.

Mane could have easily doubled the scores in the second half but his penalty was saved by Onyango in the final quarter of the game.

Uganda Cranes pushed numbers up front but unfortunately could not break the solid Senegalese defence.

Allan Kyambadde was introduced 15 minutes into the second half for a rusty Henry Patrick Kaddu.

The final change for the CECAFA giants witnessed midfielder Khalid Aucho rested for the dread-locked left footer winger Allan Kateregga.

Towering Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly was deservedly named man of the match.

Senegal qualifies to the quarterfinals and will join Benin who earlier had eliminated Morocco.

Team Line Ups:

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango, Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Mike Azira, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Faruku Miya, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Abdu Lumala

Subs: Robert Odongkara (G.K), Salim Omar Magoola (G.K), Timothy Denis Awany, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Tadeo Lwanga, William Luwaga Kizito, Paul Derrick Nsibambi, Allan Kateregga, Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu, Isaac Muleme, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Allan Kyambadde

Senegal Terenga Lions XI: Alfred Junior Amigo Gomis (G.K), Lamine Gassama, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cheikhou Kouyate (Captain), Idrissa Gana Gueye, Papa Alioune Ndiaye, Henri Gregoire Saivet, Ismaila Sarr, Sadio Mane, Mbaye Hamady Niang

Subs: Abdoulaye Diallo (G.K), Ciss Saliou, Pape Cisse, Salif Sane, Moussa Konate, Keita Balde, Alfred Ndiaye, Krepin Diatta, Mbaye Diagne, Sada Thioub, Moussa Wagne

Injured: Edouard Mendy (Goalkeeper)

Head coach: Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Match Officials

  • Center Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (Algeria)

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

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  1. Ugandan players have to realize that they lost because Senegal had more training hours over them.
    When you protest, do NOT compromise your cause by not training.

    Do not show up for media events, or other stuff but you do NOT compromise your training!
    Look at how the Nigerians protested. They know how to do things.

    You guys thought that you had arrived.
    The frustrating part is that Uganda could have won the whole thing!

  2. When Senegal has an extra training session over you guess what?
    They have an advantage.

    Whebn protesting, you never compromise your overall cause of winning.
    This team did not have championship ideas in mind.
    They could have won the whole thing and sett themselves for better things.

  3. Whoever caused the Cranes’ sit down should be brought to book.Let the entire squad be disbanded to avoid similar occurrences in future.We need patriotic players!

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