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Pre-Chan: Ten-man Uganda Cranes Fight Back To Hold Cameroon

Friday, January 1
*Cameroon 1-1 Uganda

Uganda Cranes recovered from a frustrating start to draw hosts Cameroon in the opening game of the Pre-Chan mini tournament.

Ben Ocen was shown a straight red card for an elbow in the 12th minute to leave Uganda reeling.

Banga Bienvenue put Cameroon in the lead when he scored from a resultant free-kick – He headed home from Felix Oukine delivery.

Milton Karisa leveled matters in the 70th minute courtesy of a counterattack that saw him play one-two with Joachim Ojera after the hosts had laid siege in the Cranes half.

Jonathan Mckinstry’s Cranes held on to get their campaign off a heroic start.

Karim Watambala paved way for Joseph Ssemujju in the first half but Cranes remained on the backfoot as the hosts continued to threat.

The game remained in Cranes reach after the Intermediate Lions failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and Cranes later grabbed the shocking equaliser.

Cameroon’s Basile Yamkam was sent off in the 90th minute.

Mckinstry will be happy with both the result and resilience shown by the players as the team seeks to make their intent known ahead of the CHAN tourney that kicks off on January 16, 2021.

Zambia and Niger meet on Saturday, while Uganda Cranes return to action against the Chipolopolo on January 4 before facing Niger three days later.

Players Used

CameroonJunior Dande, Banga Salomon, Etame Ngombe, Yankam Basile, Serge Andoulo, Félix Oukine, Badouidana Onana, Ondoa Edima Franck, Ako Assomo, Meyong Alfred, Yannick Ndjeng

Uganda CranesJoel Mutakubwa, Aziz Kayondo, Ashraf Mandela, Paul Mbowa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Tonny Mawejje (Bobosi Byaruhanga), Karim Watambala (Joseph Ssemujju), Ben Ocen, Joachim Ojera (Viane Ssekajugo), Karisa Milton


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