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Uganda Hold Off Kenya’s Second Half Surge In Entertaining Draw

Action between Uganda (red) and Kenya. Omollo photo

Sunday, September 8
*Kenya 1-1 Uganda

Uganda Cranes managed to draw a resurgent Kenya Harambee Stars team in an International friendly played at Moi International Stadium in Kasarani.

Kenneth Miguna’s goal cancelled out Emanuel Okwi’s opener, and Kenya could have won the game in the closing stages, as both sides played to a one all draw.

Uganda Cranes warming up before kickoff. Nation media photo

Uganda dominated proceedings in the first half – Okwi had a curler parried out by Patrick Matasi while his shot rattled the post after a quick one-two with Allan Kyambadde.

Uganda broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Okwi collected a short cutback cross from Kizito Luwaga before slotting home after leaving Joash Onyango on the ground.

Luwagga was on the giving end again, but Taddeo Lwanga’s header went over the bar before halftime.

Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi might have had the best team talk compared to Abdallah Mubiru’s, as Kenya looked a different side from restart.

Michael Olunga.

The hosts asked plenty of questions, especially with Ayub Timbe taunting right back Paul Willa.

Timbe got his breakthrough when he delivered a low ball to
Miguna who tapped home, with no resistance from Mustafa Kizza, to wheel away in celebration.

Kenya should have scored more from then as Uganda lived on borrowed time. Muguna also had a goal ruled out for offside.

Charles Lukwago was called into action on various occasions, including a keeper to beat save against Michael Olunga. The Kenyan captain was also denied by the woodwork in the closing stages.

Uganda Cranes, the CHAN team, will return to action against Burundi on September 20.

Teams Used

Kenya Starting XI

  1. Patrick Matasi, 17. Samuel Olwande, 3. Eric Ouma, 12. Mike Kibwage, 4. Joash Onyango, 13. Collins Agade, 6. Lawrence Juma, 15 Kenneth Muguna, 7. Ayub Timbe, 10. Eric Johanna, 14. Michael Olunga


  1. Faruk Shikalo, 5. Johnstone Omurwa, 11. Brian Otieno, 19. Cliffton Miheso, 16. Francis Kahata, 21. Duke Abuya, 8. Whyvonne Isuza, 20. Cliff Nyakeya, 22. Boniface Muchiri, 9. Enosh Ochieng

Uganda Starting XI

  1. Charles Lukwago, 15. Willa Paul, 12. Mustafa Kizza, 17. Revita John, 3. Timothy Awany, 8, Khalid Aucho, 6. Taddeo Lwanga, 20. Allan Okello, 10. Luwagga Kizito, 7. Emmanuel Okwi, 2. Allan Kyambadde


  1. Joel Mutakubwa, 4. Mujuzi Mustafa, 16. Halid Lwaliwa, 5. Muzamir Mutyaba, 14. Bright Anukani, 9. Fahad Aziz Bayo, 11. Allan Kayiwa
Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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