Action between Uganda Cranes and Malawi in AFCON qualifiers at Namboole. Courtesy photo
Sunday, November 17
*Uganda 2-0 Malawi
*South Sudan 1-2 Burkina Faso
Uganda Cranes managed to beat Malawi 2-0 at Namboole and go joint top of group B of 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Emmanuel Okwi and debutant Fahad Bayo scored a goal each in a game watched by a sparse crowd.
Uganda top group B with Burkina Faso on four points, however, the Cranes have a better goal difference as they are yet to concede a goal. Aristide Bance scored a brace as Burkina won 2-1 away against South Sudan in Khartoum. Stephen Pawaar scored a consolation for South Sudan.
Okwi raced on Joseph Ochaya’s long ball before firing past Brighton Munthali at the half hour mark.
Bayo doubled the lead when he strolled forward before curling home to send the fans in frenzy celebrations.
This was the first home game for new coach Jonathan Mckinstry, a young Northern Irishman.
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THe Cranes who drew goalless with Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou, had a slow start and they struggled to retain possession.
Bayo, starting ahead of Patrick Kaddu, missed chances after arriving seconds late in the area as swinging lofty deliveries by left back Joseph Ochaya all went to waste.
Luwagga could have broken the deadlock but his bicycle kick went over the bar before Okwi opened the scores to settle nerves in the 30th minute mark.
Driven by Mike Azira forward, the Cranes started finding shape as the Chicago Fire midfielder controlled the game’s tempo.
Miya could have doubled the lead before the break when but his effort rattled the woodwork.
Murushid Juuko limped off for Timothy Awany in while Kizito Luwagga and Khalid Aucho paved way for Allan Okello and Taddeo Lwanga.
Miya had a low effort easily collected.
Bayo doubled the lead at the 68th mark after Malawi lost possession in their own half, strolled forward before firing into the net.
More details to follow
The teams in brief;
Uganda Starting XI – Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Bevis Mugabi, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Luwagga Kizito, Farouk Miya, Fahad Bayo, Emmanuel Okwi.
Substitutes – Robert Odongkara (GK), Charles Lukwago (GK), Isaac Muleme, Hassan Wasswa, Nicholas Kasozi, Timothy Awany, Halid Lwaliwa,Taddeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde, Patrick Kaddu and Allan Okello
Starting XI – Brighton Munthali (GK), Stanley Sanudi, Peter Oholopi, Lucky Malata, Gomezgani Chirwa, Yamikani Chester, Chimwemwe Idana, Gabadinho Mhango, John Banda, Gerald Jnr Phiri, Richard Mbulu.
Substitute – Trevor Kalema, Chikoti Chirwa, Miciam Mhone, Nickson Nyasulu, Peter Banda, 14. Chimango Kayira, Robin Ngalande, William Kiliopta Thole, Hassan Kajoke
The Uganda Cranes 2021 AFCON Qualifiers campaign;
*November 13, 2019: Burkina Faso 0-0 Uganda Cranes – Stade du Aout, Ouagadougou
*November 17, 2019: Uganda Cranes 2-0 Malawi – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
*August 31, 2020
Uganda Cranes Vs South Sudan – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
*September 8, 2020
South Sudan Vs Uganda Cranes
*October 5, 2020
Uganda Cranes Vs Burkina Faso – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
*November 9, 2020
Malawi Vs Uganda – Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe