- Uganda Cranes 1-1 Guinea
Uganda Cranes needed a goal from Nelson Senkatuka to rally from a goal down to draw with Guinea one-all on Saturday night.
The West Africans took the lead in the 65th minute through Camara Saidouba Bissiri but Senkatuka who had just replaced Tadeo Lwanga after 73 minutes quickly replied with the equalizer.
Guinea goalkeeper Abdoukaye Kante was forced to parry Karisa’s shot over the bar after beautiful exchanges of the ball involving Derrick Nsibambi, Ibrahim Sadam Juma and Allan Kyambadde.
Guinea defender Barry Amadou was cautioned for pulling down Taddeo Lwanga.
It was the first game for Uganda Cranes new coach, Frenchman Sebastien Desabre.
Desabre called for a couple of changes as the game progressed.
Waiswa and Karisa paved way for Shaban Muhammad and Rahmat Senfuka as the second half started.
Muzamiru Mutyaba replaced Sadam after 62 minutes. Ten minutes later, Senkatuka came in for Lwanga and midfielder Abubakar Kasule then came on for Kyambadde in the final amendement.
Desabre was pleased with mentality of his stars.
“I am happy for the character and mentality of the players,” Desabre noted after the match as quoted by the team media officer Ahmed Hussein.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Benjamin Ochan (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Denis Timothy Awanyi, Bernard Muwanga (Captain), Taddeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa, Derrick Nsibambi, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Kyambadde