CHAN 2018 (Group B):
- Namibia Brave Warriors 1-0 Uganda Cranes
- Zambia 2-0 Cote D’Ivoire
Ten-man Uganda Cranes suffered loss at the hands of Nambia on Thursday night during the CHAN 2018 Group B match in Marrakech.
Second half substitute Panduleni Nekundi who had replaced Junias Theophilus thriteen minutes into the second half was the hero with the lone strike on the chilly night.
Nekundi struck with a sublime left footed strike past Vipers’ goalkeeper Isma Rashid Watenga in the second minute of added time.
Before the strike, the game looked destined for a barren draw as Uganda got close to breaking the deadlock on numerous occasions only for Derrick Nsibambi and Allan Kyambadde to miss.
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebestien Desabre made one change to the starting team with goalie Watenge returning to the posts in favour of Benjamin Ochan.
Milton Karisa looked lively throughout the match, running over the opposition and delivering pin point crosses that troubled the Warriors backline.
Uganda Cranes lost defender Timothy Denis Awanyi after a red card for a professional foul inside the last 15 minutes.
Midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma paved way for fellow KCCA midfielder Paul Mucureezi 11 minutes into the second half.
Bright Stars captain Nelson Senkatuka replaced SC Villa Jogoo play maker Allan Kyambadde with 16 minutes left on the clock .
The final change witnessed Bright Stars wide man Sheif Batte come in for KCCA creative midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba in the last five minutes.
Uganda bowed out of the tournament despite a dead rubber affair next week with the West Africans (Cote D’Ivoire) in their respective last group match.
Zambia and Namibia who will face off in Casablanca next week have already qualified to the quarter final stage.
Uganda Cranes XI: Isma Watenga (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Dennis Timothy Awanyi, Bernard Muwanga (C), Taddeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Muzamir Mutyaba (85′ Sheif Batte), Derrick Nsibambi, Ibrahim Sadam Juma (56′ Paul Mucureezi), Allan Kyambadde (74′ Nelson Senkatuka)
Subs Not Used: Saidi Keni (G.K), Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Aggrey Madoi, Rahmat Senfuka, Joseph Nsubuga, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Shaban Muhammed, Mubarak Kasule, Moses Waiswa