Anukani and Bayo on target as Uganda Cranes beat Burundi in CECAFA
Saturday, December 7
*Djibouti 0-0 Somalia
*Uganda 2-1 Burundi
Sunday, December 8
Zanzibar Vs Sudan – 1:30PM
Kenya Vs Tanzania – 4PM
Hosts Uganda Cranes kicked off the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on a positive note after a 2-1 win over Burundi Swallows on Saturday at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Bright Anukani and Fahad Bayo gave Uganda a 2-0 halftime cushion before Rurasenga Cedric Danny’s penalty halved the deficit.
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Uganda Cranes would have scored as early as the third minute but Fahad Bayo’s goal was correctly ruled out for offside.
Anukani slotted home the first goal of the game, and for the tourney, in the 8th minute after Burundi’s goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora punched away Fahad Bayo’s powerful header.
Bayo doubled Uganda’s lead in the 22nd minute when Anukani turned provider after he left Burundi’s Issa Hakizimana on the ground.
Ben Ocen came close to put the game beyond Burundi’s reach but directed his effort over the bar.
Bayo hit the post in the second half as Uganda exerted pressure.
Rurasenga put the visitors back on track when he scored from a penalty spot after a handball by Cranes defender John Revita in the forbidden area.
Okello with his right foot hit the post before a rebound from Viane Ssekajugo went over the crossbar.
Burundi had their chance to level the game in the last minutes of the game but Chacel Ndaye freekick met no Burundi strikers in-front of the goal.
Ben Ocen had his header go over the bar from a Paul Willa cross in the last minute.
Uganda cranes now lead group A with three points ahead of Somalia and Djibouti who played out a goalless draw in the first game of the tourney.
Cranes return to action on Monday when they play Somalia.
Uganda Cranes Starting IX
Charles Lukwago (GK) (KCCA FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), John Revita (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Ben Ocen (Police FC), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC), Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants)
Joel Mutakubwa (GK) (Kyetume FC), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (Maroons FC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Joachim Ojera (URA FC), Nicolas Kasozi (KCCA FC)
Burundi XI – Fabien Mutombora, Eric Ndizeye, Landry Ndikumana, Cedric Danny Ruhasenga, Jeane Claude Ndyarasanze, Abedi Bigirimana, Moussa Muryango, Iddy Saidi Jouma, Chancel Ndaye, Raoul Vamungo, Leone Rashid Narehimana