Thursday, October 7
*Rwanda 0-1 Uganda
Fahad Bayo scored the only goal as Uganda Cranes managed to beat Rwanda for their first win at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Bayo was in the right place at the right time to pounce in at close range after an initial shot had ricocheted from the post as Rwanda failed to clear their lines from Isaac Muleme’s free kick in the 41st minute.
The Amavubi Stars were in control of the game for extended stretches but could not sustain their attacks as the Cranes sat back.
Uganda defended well and had some good chances to kill off the game but will leave Rwanda not only contented with the performance but with maximum points.
Steven Mukwala headed Muleme’s cross over the bar while Moses Waiswa rattled the side net as the visitors tried to find the second goal at Kigali Stadium.
It is Micho’s first competitive win since making his return as Uganda Cranes coach and the Serbian will surely commend his players for delivering it against his former employees.
Uganda, yet to concede a goal so far, move to five points in Group E that also has Kenya and Mali, and will look to complete a double when they host Rwanda on Sunday at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
Derby Delight For Uganda
The tension between Uganda and Rwanda has been ongoing politically as both sides accuse each other of sabotage.
Its this row between the two neighbours that forced Rwanda to close its border!
The border closure has had adverse effects especially economically to the nearby communities especially in Uganda.
In football circles, Ugandans will not forget that 2004 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification campaign when Rwanda controversially won at Namboole in March 2003.
Jimmy Gatete scored the only goal but the game was marred with ‘JUJU’ scenes after Cranes player Abubaker Tabula went into Rwanda goal to remove the object. Rwanda players stormed Tabula and his jersey was torn in the process in a protfromthat lasted over 30 minutes.
The win on Thursday is a sweet one and will surely be enjoyed back home.
It was not good for the eyes of a neutral as both sides failed to put on an entertaining show on the night.
Its one Micho will not want to forget, coming against his fellow employees and one coach he calls his ‘student’ – Vincent Mashami was Micho’s assistant back in the days as Amavubi Stars coach.
Uganda had not done a lot in the half when Bayo scored in the 41st minute, and looked shaky throughout but held on to grab away maximum points.
Rwanda Left Reeling
One point to show after three games, that is the story of Rwanda at the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers.
Tasking Mashami to take this team to the World Cup is a big ask, but at least the fans would want some good moments to enjoy. He has not given them any so far.
They started the campaign with a 1-0 loss away to Mali in a game played at neutral venue, drew at home against Kenya before Thursday’s painful loss to Uganda.
Against Uganda, they enjoyed early possession but failed to create clear cut chances to get a breakthrough.
Haruna Niyonzima, the team’s fulcrum failed to breach Uganda’s rock, leaving Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge frustrated upfront.
Niyonzima had a chance to level but skewed his effort wide while Kevin Muhire fired over the bar after neat build up.
Debutant Rafael York was impressive but the same cannot be said of the whole team that lacked aggressive and urgency everytime they reached into Uganda’s half.
Rooted at the rock bottom, it is hard and will take some improved show for this Amavubi Stars to walk away with at least a point in Kitende come Sunday.
Rwanda – Emery Mvuyekure, Abdul Rwatubyaye, Salomon Nirisarike, Kevin Muhire, Fitina Omborenga, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Rafael York, Olivier Niyonzima, Haruna Niyonzima, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere
Rwanda – Charles Lukwago, Denis Iguma, Isaac Muleme, Enock Walusimbi, Timothy Awany, Khalid Aucho, Taddeo Lwanga, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Moses Waiswa, Fahad Bayo, Steven Mukwala
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