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CHAN Qualifiers: Uganda Cranes Learn Second Round Opponents

Sunday, August 4
*South Sudan 1-2 Burundi
(Burundi win 4-1 on aggregate)

Uganda Cranes will face Burundi in the second round of the African Nations Championship qualifiers.

The development comes after Burundi managed to negotiate past South Sudan in the second leg played at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.

It should be noted that South Sudan opted to host their home games in Kampala due to political instabilities back home.

Trailing 2-0 after the first leg loss in Bujumbura, South Sudan had a dream start with Jose Kutch Nyuar slotting home inside the first minute.

However, the side missed plenty of chances and failed to overturn the score before goals from Iddy Muselemu and Olivier Dusabe gave the visitors all maximum points.

“We could have scored many goals but we were blunt on the day,” said South Sudan coach Ashu Cyprian. “I congratulate them (Burundi), but we could have done better if we were playing back home in Juba.”

His counterpart, Olivier Niyungeko the Burundi coach was pleased with his side’s fighting spirit displayed by his boys.

Burundi will now face Uganda Cranes in a two legged encounter for a single ticket to reach the 2020 CHAN tourney set February next year in Cameroon.

The first leg will be played on September 20, 2019 in Bujumbura before Uganda host the return leg on October 18 in Uganda.

The Cranes beat Somalia 7-2 on aggregate to reach this stage and are targeting a fifth straight return to the continental stage.

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