Uganda Cranes XI that sttarted aagainst Senegal | Credit: FUFA

Uganda Cranes edged close to qualifying for the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria.

Skipper Milton Karisa scored the solitary goal of the game in the 33rd minute as Cranes beat Senegal at the 19th May 1956 Stadium in Annaba.

Uganda’s goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian saved Cheikh Sidibe’s penalty and the Cranes had a penalty decision overturned by VAR after Karisa was shoved in the area while the Lions of Terranga finished with 10 men following a red card to Libasse Ngom with under ten minutes to the end of regulation.

The victory sends the Cranes on top of Group B with four points having registered a goalless draw in their opener against DR Congo.

And now the Cranes, who have never gone past the group stage in all their previous five attempts, are on the verge of breaking the jinx as they need just a draw against Ivory Coast on Sunday to qualify for the Quarterfinals.

Milutin Sredojević made one change from the team that drew with DR Congo, with Kenneth Ssemakula given a starting place in the heart of the defence and the SC Villa put in a man-of-the-match performance.

Uganda Cranes’ win came on a night MTN announced their return as the official sponsor of the national team for the next five years. It is only Uganda’s second win in CHAN with the first coming back in 2014 against Burkina Faso.

Senegal XI: Sy Mamadou (GK), Cheikhou Ndiaye, Ousmane Diouf, Mamadou Sane, Cheikh Sidibe, Lamine Camara, Ousmane Kane, Moussa Ndiaye, Papa Diallo, Malick Mbaye, Cheikh Ibra Diouf

Uganda Cranes XI: Alionzi Nafian (GK), James Begisa, Derrick Ndahiro, Gift Fred, Kenneth Ssemakula, Geoffrey Wasswa, Marvin Youngman, Moses Waiswa, Frank Ssebuufu, Rogers Mato, Milton Karisa

Substitutes: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Jack Komakech(GK), Isa Mubiru, Ashraf Mandela, Hillary Mukundane, Karim Watambala, Bright Anukani, Travis Mutyaba, Titus Ssematimba, Moses Aliro, Nelson Ssenkatuka, Ibrahim Orit

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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