Saturday, July 27
*Somalia 1-3 Uganda
*Burundi 2-0 South Sudan
Uganda Cranes African Nations Championship (CHAN) captain Denis Timothy Awany has said that there is no longer pressure in the camp after they managed to claim a big away against Somalia.
Goals, each from Patrick Kaddu, Mustafa Kiiza and Taddeo Lwanga, settled the nerves to give the Cranes a 3-1 deserved victory in a game played on a neutral ground in Djibouti.
The skipper now confidently believes that the tie is almost a done deal.
“Our win away from home has given sent us a big step in this tie after recording this margin,” Awany said after the 3-1 victory.
“There is no pressure, we are not intimidated in the return leg as it was earlier thought. We are a little bit comfortable with the aggregates on our side.
“We will not take them for granted though, we are going to kill the game immediately in the return leg.”
The teams will meet again for the second leg on August 3, at the Startimes stadium in Lugogo, Kampala.
If it comes to pass, Uganda Cranes will face winner between South Sudan and Burundi in another two legged affair for a single ticket to 2020 CHAN tournament in Cameroon.
Burundi beat South Sudan 2-0, courtesy of goals from Olivier Dusabe and Jospin Nshimirimana. The sides will meet in Lugogo on August 4, where South Sudan has opted to host their games from.