- CHAN 2020 Qualifiers | 2nd Round, 1st Leg
- Burundi 0-3 Uganda Cranes
Uganda Cranes overcame Burundi 3-0 in the first leg of the CHAN 2020 Qualifiers at Intwari Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday.
The locally-based Cranes are just one leg away from qualifying for the fifth successive Africa Nations Championship after the emphatic win in the second round tie.
Viane Sekajugo, Muzamiru Mutyaba, and Mustafa Kizza scored the goals for the Cranes under the interim leadership of Abdallah Mubiru.
Sekajugo gave Uganda the lead in the 12th minute with a debut goal that the team carried to the halftime break.
Fahad Bayo could have doubled the lead but was denied by Burundi goalie in the 29th minute.
The second half saw the hosts press for the leveller but the Cranes kept their calm and got the second in the 83rd through skipper Muzamiru Mutyaba.
Mubiru had made changes with Allan Okello and Shafik Kagimu paving way for Bright Anukani and Mike Mutyaba who made a Cranes return after five years.
With two minutes to the final whistle, Kizza wrapped up the victory to all but seal Uganda’s fate as one of the 16 nations to play at the Cameroon 2020 Chan finals.
Uganda will now seek to avoid a 4-0 defeat in Kampala on October 18 to reach the Promised Land.
Uganda Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), Nicholas Kasozi (Yusuf Ssozi), Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello (Bright Anukani), Shafiq Kagimu (Mike Mutyaba), Fahad Bayo, Vianney Ssekajjugo
Unused Subs: James Alitho (GK), Paul Patrick Mbowa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Dan Sserunkuma.
Coach: Abdallah Mubiru