Uganda Cubs endured a false start at the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations as they fell 1-0 to Angola in group A opener at the national stadium in Dar es salaam on Sunday.
Osvaldo Pedro Capemba scored the winner in the 33rd minute for the Angolans.
But the Cubs played the closing stages of the game with a man less after left back Ibrahim Juma was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Andrew Kawooya was at the heart of everything good the Ugandan boys offered in the opening exchanges.
However, Angola’s Andre Zito ran Uganda’s defenders rugged and could have scored in the 25th minute but his shot narrowly missed the target.
Zito again forced a finger-tip save from the Uganda Cubs goalkeeper Jack Komakech for a corner after 33 minutes.
From the quickly taken resultant corner, Capita’s deflected shot off Kasozi off beat Komakech in Uganda’s goal for the opener and lone strike before half time.
Najib Yiga nearly brought the game to level terms for Uganda but his dipping effort towards goal was parried away for a fruitless corner by goalie Giovanni as Ibrahim Juma was booked for the second time and sent off.
Fabin Paa Kwesi, the Cubs head coach said; “We all put our plans into play. They had one chance and used it, we had several and we were beaten. So that was the difference. The goal we conceded when they had the corner kick, we switched off. I was a little bit disappointed but we came back strongly and defended well.”
”We are going on the drawing board to correct the mistakes we made and approach our next game. We are down but not yet out,” the Ghanaian coach added.
Angola joined Nigeria on three points for the joint lead in group A.
Nigeria however lead the group following a 5-4 win in the tournament opener.
Uganda Cubs XI:
Jack Komakech (G.K), Samson Kasozi, Ibrahim Juma, Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Captain), Davis Ssekajja, Andrew Kawooya, Idd Abdulwahid, Ivan Asaba, Yiga Najib, Rogers Mugisha, Justine Opiro
Patrick Mubiru, Kevin Ssekimbegga, Innocent Opira, Isma Mugulusi, Thomas Kakaire, Mukisa Opaala, Polycarp Mwaka, John Alou, James Jarieko