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CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019: Uganda out-muscles Burundi to register opening day win

CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019:

Group A

Uganda 2-1 Burundi

Somalia 0-0 Djibouti

Uganda Cranes commenced the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup expedition on a sound footing following a slim 2-1 victory over Burundi at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Saturday evening.

Proline FC Midfielder Bright Anukani opened up the scores for the home side in the 8th minute with a low shot on target after striker Fahad Bayo connected him with a headed pass.

Striker Fahad Bayo strikes for Uganda a second goal against Burundi

In the 21st minute, Fahad Bayo doubled the lead to make it 2-0 for Uganda Cranes before the break.

Burundi pulled back in the second half with a consolation from the spot-kick in the 60th minute through Rurasenga Cedric Danny.

Uganda Cranes would have added the third goal but Allan Okello’s shot hit the post in the 77th minute.

Viane Sekajugo was in a good position to net the rebound but his effort went over the bar.

Celebrations for Uganda Cranes players after the second goal

We were very much pleased with the first half and our players were implementing what we have practiced. All we wanted to do was working well in the first half. But the second we new Burundi would be aggressive but apart from the penalty, we conceded their other chances our opponents received as we did when quite a number of chances flashed away especially that of Sekajugo and Okello. It’s wasn’t good in the second half but still, we deserved the three points.’ Said Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry during a post-match interview.

Allan Okello taking on Burundi player

Uganda Cranes head coach made three tactical changes in the second half by bringing on KCCA midfielder Nicolas Kasozi for Shafiq Kagimu in the 69th minute.

Then he called on a double change ten minutes later ; introducing Joackim Ojera and Muzamiru Mutyaba for Viane Sekajugo and Bright Anukani respectively.

Fahad Bayo and Allan Okello lauching an attack in the game against Burundi

The first game in group A between Somalia and Djibouti ended goal-less.

Uganda Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafiq Kagimu (69′ Nicholas Kasozi), Bright Anukani (79′ Muzamiru Mutyaba), Allan Okello, Ben Ocen, Fahad Bayo, Viane Sekajugo (79′ Joackim Ojera)

Subs Not Used: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Musitafa Mujuzi, Paul Mbowa, Karim Watambala, Steven Mukwala, Joel Madondo

MAIN PHOTO: Bright Anukani , Ben Ocen and Allan Okello celebrating the first goal for the Cranes

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