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CECAFA: Sserunkuuma earns Uganda Cranes a crucial win

Results: Sudan 3 Eritrea 0, Uganda 1 Rwanda 0

Today: Ethiopia Vs Zanzibar (2:00pm-Nyayo)

S.Sudan Vs Kenya (4:00pm-Nyayo)

Gor-Mahia FC striker Dan Sserunkuma netted in the 88th minute to earn Uganda a crucial win against Rwanda in the sixth fixture of this year’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup going on in Kenya.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and former Vice President in charge of technical matters Livingstone Kyambadde were in Nyayo stadium to cheer up the Cranes.

Elsewhere in Machakos, Sudan walloped Eritrea 3-0 in a one-sided game played on a slippery ground due to heavy rains. Sudan now tops group ‘C’, with three points beating Uganda on goal difference. Coach Sredejovic Milutin Micho said he had identified the key areas that needed improvement and promised a better game against Eritrea on Monday.

Machakos goes muddy

The Cranes match had also earlier been scheduled for Jomo Kenyatta stadium in Machakos but the technical committee later pushed it to Nyayo stadium in Nairobi to give the ground more time to rest.

Machakos fans will now have to pray that rain reduces to enable more games played in their 10,000 capacity stadium constructed within a period of less than two months.

Okwi to return against Eritrea

Cranes team Doctor Ronald Kisolo has sounded optimistic that Emmanuel Okwi would return to action next Monday against lowly ranked Eritrea. The striker is recovering from malaria and missed their opening match against Rwanda this Friday. Speaking about his health Okwi said he was feeling better though still on treatment.

Ochan classic in goal

Goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan made several saves that would have cost Uganda a loss as Amavubi players pressurized the defending champions. Rwanda head coach Eric Nshimiyimana described Ochan’s performance as being ‘classic’ and warned that as much as Uganda had weaknesses in scoring they had much strength in goalkeeping.

Hamis Kiiza and Nicholas Wadada were the two Ugandan players that received cautions from a Somali referee Wiish Yabarow.

Kenya faces physical Sudanese

Hosting Harambee stars return to action this Saturday against South Sudan in a search for their first win of the tournament. Kenya and Ethiopia played to a goalless draw in an official opening match on Wednesday.

The team will still play without their Belgian head coach Adel Amrouche who is still on a prolonged strike over failure by Federation Kenya Football (FKF) to pay his salary for four months now. Although the hosts look favourites to win this game, it will not be an easy task against the physical South Sudanese. The Sudanese are making their second appearance in this lucrative regional tournament.

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