AFCON 2019 Qualifier (Group L):
Uganda Cranes played out a goalless draw against Tanzania in the 2019 AFCON Qualifier Group L match at Namboole Stadium on Saturday.
The match after heavy rains started with intense action as the hosts Uganda started on the front foot having several chances at goal.
Farouk Miya came close twice, first with a header at the opponents keeper Manula Salum but his header was directed wide of goal off Nicholas Wadada’s cross from the right edge of the area.
He later failed to connect Joseph Ochaya’s free kick amid tension in the area that could have costed the visitors.
Hassan Wasswa could have been culprit in the 33rd minute but his antics enabled him stave off Tanzanian advances in front of goal.
Five minutes before half time, Ochaya this time seemed to have decided to take matters into his own hands but his effort at goal didn’t yield any fruit despite sending the crowds into a frenzy.
In the second half, Tanzania skipper Mbwana Samatta saw yellow after 64 minutes when he recklessly fouled Uganda’s Murishid Juuko.
Tactician Sebastien Desabre three minutes later made a change, introducing Patrick Kaddu for Ochaya. His intentions were quite clear to have more more men upfront.
However, Tanzania worked harder and earned a free kick a minute later. Samatta stood at the arc of the box. The resultant ball was not desirable but a crucial moment was coming.
With 20 minutes to go, Samatta again nearly got a chance to break the deadlock. Denis Onyango raced out of his goal to counter him after he had broken through the defence.
The Mamelodi Sundowns shot stopper managed contact with the ball however, the rebound fell into Samatta’s path again. Onyango quickly rose again to save in fashion.
In the 73rd minute, Miya got a one-on-one with Manula again but the star covered perfectly, blocking the shot for a corner.
As Uganda was cooking something on one end, Tanzania also kept knocking on the door. Thomas Ulimwengu nearly opened Tanzania’s account but the winger missed from close range.
The Tanzanians immediately introduced Mussa Farid for Michael Gadiel Kamagi while Frank Domayo paved way for Hamid Mao but it was Emmanuel Okwi who created more trouble.
Okwi was fouled by Khamis Ramadhan at the edge of the area but Ochaya’s delivery was too high for his colleagues.
Uganda Cranes now has four points off two games with Tanzania on two points.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (GK, Captain), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Denis Iguma, Moses Waiswa, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Joseph Ochaya
Salim Jamal (G.K), Charles Lukwago (G.K), Ibrahim Sadam Juma, William Luwagga Kizito, Derrick Nsibambi, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Denis Awany, Moses Opondo, Allan Kateregga, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Edrisa Lubega
Tanzania Taifa Stars XI:
Aishi Salum Manula (G.K), Gadiel Michael Kamagi, Hassan Banda Abdi, Agrey Moris Ambros, David John Mwantika, Mbwana Samatta (Captain), Thomas Ulimwengu, Simon Msuva, Hassan Khamis Ramadhan, Frank Domayo, Abbas Mudathir
Benno David Kakolanya (G.K), Kelvin Sabato Kongwe, Hamid Mao Mkami, Farid Mussa Shah, Shaban Iddi Chilunda, Ally Mtoni, Rashid Mandawa, Salum Kimenya, Yahya Omari, Vicent Andrew Chikupe, Salum Kihimbwa, Mohamed Mohamed