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URA humbles Al-Hilal in Cecafa opening match

Results: Al-Hilal (0) URA (1)

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School children marching as they wave Uganda flags during the opening ceremony of this year’s Cecafa- Kagame Cup in Kadguli, Sudan

Substitute James Kasibante scored URA’s sole goal in the 90th minute of their opening match against the home side Al-Hilal here in Kadguli on Tuesday afternoon to walk away with a crucial win that puts them in an advantageous position to qualify for the quarter finals.

Kasibante who came in for Owen Kasule in the 75th minute well utilized a cross from captain Augustine Nsumba to put the goal behind the net as the Sudanese goalkeeper Hafiz Ahmed looked stranded between goal posts.

URA will now look for a draw in their next engagement against Al-Ahly Shandi on Thursday as a minimum requirement for them to advance into the quarter finals of this year’s Cecafa Kagame Club Championship. The two qualifying teams will be airlifted to El-Fasher City in Darfur where the entire knock out matches will be staged.

URA won the first game without their head coach Paul Nkata who was reportedly left behind for having possessed an expired passport. Assistant coach Ibrahim Kirya to charge and his win silenced the mammoth home crowd that turned up in the newly constructed stadium.

URA Football club that played Al-Hilal in Kadugli

Kasibante wrote history as being the first scorer of an international goal in this new stadium while URA is the first club to win an international match here.

Express FC that also travelled without their temporally coach Sam Simbwa will be in action tomorrow (Thursday) when they take on lowly ranked Ports FC from Djibouti at 3:00pm in El-Fasher stadium here in the state of North Darfur.

Cecafa President Eng. Leodgar Tenga, the Sudanese Speaker of Council of States Gen. Adam Hamid, the sports minister of the federal government Sedeeg Mahammed, Kadguli governor Ahmed Harouna and Cecafa General Secretary Nichola Musonye were among the dignitaries that watched the opening match.

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