- CHAN 2018 (Group B)
- Uganda Cranes 0-0 Cote D’Ivoire
- Zambia 1-1 Namibia
Uganda Cranes finished third in Group B at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Morocco. following a goalless draw with Ivory Coast.
It was the final game for the two countries at the tournament that exclusively accommodates only home based players in the respective leagues on the African continent.
For the fourth time in a row, Uganda failed to progress past the group stage.
The positive this time round, was the balanced style of play, urgency and the thus the third place finish that guarantees the local federation at least $200,000 (over Shs. 720,000,000).
During the game, few goal scoring opportunities were created by either sides.
After two minutes, Ivoirian dreadlocked Alphonse Yao had a free header fly over Isima Watenga’s bar off a teasing cross from the left wing.
On 6 minutes, Yao easily went down in the area after a soft tackle from Isaac Muleme to earn a booking.
The draw thus thus earned either sides a precious point but good enough for Uganda to finish third and pocket the $200,000.
Cote D’Ivoire departs Morocco with no goal scored and a deficit of three goals.
This was the second draw between the two countries since the Monday, 4th March 1974 match that ended 2-2 during an AFCON.
Both Zambia and Namibia finish on 7 points but the former have a good goal difference.
This implies Zambia will face Sudan in the quarters finals as Namibia locks horns with hosts Morocco.
Team Line Ups:
Uganda XI: Isima Bin Abdul Rashid Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Aggrey Madoi, Musitafa Mujjuzi, Bernard Muwanga (Captain), Taddeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Juma Sadam Ibrahim, Allan Kyambadde (60’ Muzamiru Mutyaba), Derrick Nsibambi, (75’ Nelson Senkatuka) Isaac Muleme
Subs Not Used: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Abubakar Kasule, Joseph Nsubuga, Moses Waiswa Ndhondhi, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Paul Mucureezi, Seif Batte
Injured: Muhammad Shaban, Keni Saidi (G.K)
Suspended: Timothy Dennis Awany
Head coach: Desabre Serge Louis Sebestien (France)
Cote D’Ivoire XI: Abdoul Karim Cisse (G.K), Willie Britto Dagou, Arnaud Koutouan Akassou, Coulibaly Wonlo, Essis Baudelaire Fulgence Aka, Hamed Diomande (Captain), Noel Bi Kouame N’guessan, Badie Anicet Gbagnon, Alphonse Yao Kouame, Romuald Cedric Kouassi Diallo, Mamadou Diomande
Subs: Zadi Ble (G.K), William Mel Togui, Brou Manasse N’goh, Sylla Banfa, Yao Kevi Romaric Konan, Mohamed Sanogo, Mamadou Sylla (G.K), Konan Raoul Yao, Diaby Souleymane, Roland Zan Bi Irie, Pacome Peodoh Zouzoua, Christian Alex Angbandji
Head coach: Ibrahima Kamara (France)