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CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019: Uganda Cranes rout Djibouti to complete group stages unbeaten

CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019 – Final Group A Games

  • Eritrea 0-0 Somalia
  • Uganda 4-1 Djibouti


Uganda Cranes completed the CECAFA 2019 Senior Challenge Cup group stages unbeaten following a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Djibouti on Sunday at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.

KCCA midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba opened the scoring with a well taken kick from the penalty spot in the 14th minute.

Three second half goals from winger Joackim Ojera as well as two second half substitutes Ben Ocen and Bright Anukani crowned the day for the tournament hosts.

Haroun Mohamed scored the consolation for Djibouti.

Mutyaba’s penalty arrived after a handball in the forbidden area by the Djibouti defender after Paul Mbowa’s cross from the left on 13 minutes.

Ojera doubled the lead after 65 minutes when he finished Abdul Watambala’s through ball.

Abdul Karim Watambala passes the ball. He assisted the second goal for Uganda with a great pass to Ojera.

Haroun gave Djibouti some hope with a goal pulled back in the 69 minutes.

Ocen, who had replaced Ojera converted substitute Allan Okello’s assist in the 75th minute.

Another substitute, Anukani put the game beyond Djibouti’s reach with the fourth goal via his first touch on the ball moments after replacing Nicholas Kasozi.

Newly crowned Airtel – FUFA Footballer of the year Allan Okello takes on the opposition
Bright Anukani joined by teammates to celebrate Uganda Cranes goal
Right back Paul Willa in action against Djibouti. He had a decent evening at office

Uganda Cranes registered their fourth successive victory at the annual championship following three earlier wins against Burundi (3-1), Somalia (2-0) and Eritrea (2-0).

This implies that Uganda Cranes top group A with 12 points and will face the group B second placed team (Tanzania).

The earlier result on  Sunday witnessed a goal-less draw between Somalia and Eritrea. Eritrea finished second in group A and will battle group B leaders, Kenya during Tuesday’s semi-final.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Djibouti

Uganda Cranes XIJoel Mutakubwa (GK), Paul Willa, Musitafa Mujuzi, John Revita, Paul Mbowa, Nicolas Kasozi (79′ Bright Aukani), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Karim Watambala, Joachim Ojera (66′ Ben Ocen), Joel Madondo, Viane Sekajugo (75′ Allan Okello)

Subs Not UsedCharles Lukwago (GK), Halid Lwaliwa, Mustafa Kizza, Shafiq Kagimu, Bright Anukani, Fahad Bayo, Steven Mukwala

Johnathan McKinstry, Uganda Cranes head coach
  • Head Coach: Johnathan McKinstry (Northern Ireland)
  • Assistant Coach 1: Abdalah Mubiru
  • Assistant Coach 2: Livingstone Mbabazi
  • Goalkeepers’ Coach: Fred Kajoba
  • Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago
Djibouti XI

Djibouti XI: Innocent Mbonihaukoye (G.K), Haroun Mohamed, Hassan Moussa, Fouad Moussa, Abdoulkader Djama, Mohamed Bourhan (Captain), Ali Youssouf, Mahdi Houssein, Hamza Abdi, Siad Yabe, Hassan Warsama

Subs: Mohamed Fouad, Kassim Abdourahman, Abdi Nasradin (G.K), Ahmed Youssouf, Ali Adeleh (G.K), Fahmo Moussa, Mohamed Salem, Saleh Bourhan

  • Head coach: Efrem Haile Alemseghed (Eritrea)
  • Assistant coach: Elias Ali Abubeker
  • Goalkeepers’ coach: Zewengel Embaye Haile
  • Team physio: Teklu Tsegai Bahlibi
  • Official: Mussa Salih
L-R: Shaffi Abokar, Johnthan McKinstry (middle) and Efrem Haile Alemseghedm during the post match press conference

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Sabri Mohamed (Sudan)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Nage Elfateh (Sudan)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Michael Eyobel (Eritrea)
  • Fourth official: Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)
  • Referees Assessor: Claude Birimusahau (Burundi)
  • Commissioner: Hassan Amir (Somalia)
  • General Coordinator: Suleiman Othman (Zanzibar)
  • Media officer: Shaffi Abokar (Somalia)
  • Technical Study Group: Daniel Yohannes (Eritrea)
Uganda Cranes players embrace after a goal
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