Uganda 1-2 Togo
Stade de la Reunification, Douala
URA FC midfielder Saidi Kyeyune scored a contender for goal of the tournament as Uganda lost 2-1 to Togo in their second game at the 2020 CHAN finals.
Kyeyune who came on for Tonny Mawejje at halftime, collected from Shafik Kagimu before unleashing a venomous strike that went in off the under-side of the crossbar and into the back of the net.
His goal came either side of Togo’s two strikes to ensure that the Cranes remain winless at this year’s competition, having drawn their opening game with Rwanda 0-0.
Patrick Mbowa had earlier deflected into his own net to hand the Localhawks the lead before Richard Nene netted what would prove to be the winner.
The result leaves Uganda on the brink of elimination and they now need to beat Morocco in their last game so as to storm the knockout stage for the first time in history.
Cranes lack of creativity costs them once again
Uganda have always struggled to create goal scoring chances at CHAN tournaments and that was the case once again on Tuesday.
Having registered zero shots on target against the Amavubi Stars on Monday, head coach Johnathan McKinstry made two attacking changes to his side with Shaban Muhammad and Ibrahim Orit replacing Milton Kalisa and Vianne Ssekajugo in the starting X1.
With Uganda Premier League top scorer Brian Aheebwa once again left on the bench, not so much changed going forward.
KCCA FC’s Bright Anukani who played only 45 minutes in the first game was once again tasked with the role of creating through the middle and he failed miserably save for the fancy flick to play in Shaban, who would be judged to be in an offside position in the first half.
Kyeyune’s goal was more about individual brilliance as his strike was 40 yards away from goal.
As the Cranes struggled to break down Togo, Aziz Kayondo, Ibrahim Orit and Kagimu all tried their luck from distance but could not force Moubaraka Aigba into telling saves.
After conceding the second goal, Shaban had two chances to level matters but failed.
The former KCCA FC and Onduparaka FC striker, first, failed to connect with Ssekajugo’s teasing cross before a last ditch attempt to deflect Denis Iguma’s shot-goal wards, was routinely collected by Aigab.
Togo put themselves in good position for last 8
After losing to Morocco in the first game, Togo came into Friday’s contest in a desperate situation as they needed to avoid defeat so as to save themselves from early elimination.
From the start, they looked composed and calm on the ball as they attempted to create chances.
Their game plan worked to perfection with Samou Tchatakora heading a Richard Nene cross from a well-worked short corner, off Mbowa and past the scrambling Charlea Lukwago for the opening goal, three minutes after the restart.
With the game level, a moment of magic saw them regain the lead as Nene volleyed in off the underside of the bar for 2-1.
The Localhawks, who are making their CHAN debut, will feel the win was well deserved as they created the better chances and could have scored more.
Ismail Ouro Agoro who was arguably their best performer on the night saw a header cleared off the line in the early exchanges before the lanky striker flashed a shot across goal.
Agoro who held up play well and caused the Uganda defence all sorts of issues also forced Lukwago into an excellent reflex save off a fierce left-footed from just outside the area.
Lukwago stood firmly between Togo and the third goal as he also tipped over a Samou Tchatakora free kick, deep inside additional time.
The two teams return to action on Monday with Uganda facing defending champions Morocco while Togo takes on Rwanda.
The earlier game between Morocco and Rwanda ended 0-0 to ensure the Atlas Lions stay top of Group C on four points, one ahead of second placed Togo.
How they started
Charles Lukwago (GK), Denis Iguma, Aziz Kayondo, Mustafa Mujuzi, Paul Mbowa, Shafic Kagimu, Tonny Mawejje (C), Bright Anukani, Ibrahim Orit, Joachim Ojera, Shaban Mohammad.
Abdoul Moubarak Aigba (GK), 2Bilal Mousa, 6Abdoul Sabourh Bode, 6Messan Toudji, 8Marouf Tachakei (C), 9Abdoul Samou Tchatakora, 10Yendoutie Richard Nene 11Ismail Ouro Agoro, 14Abdoul Halimou Sama, 20Kokouvi Dodzi Amekoudi, 21Kparo Jarry Ahoro.
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