The Cranes of Uganda started the CHAN 2020 Championship with a goalless draw
against the Amavubi stars of Rwanda in Group C.
Without captain Halid Lwaliwa as Mustafa
Mujuzi captained the side that made an amazing start with Joachim Ojera of URA FC heading a
free kick from Karim Watambala just wide.
Milton Karisa also had an opportunity to
break the deadlock but shot at
Rwanda goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera ,
injuring himself in the process.
His place was taken by KCCA
forward Brian Aheebwa whose presence got
immediately felt but had an attempt from
just outside the area deflected out for a
Rwanda grew into the game after the
opening quarter with Jacques Tuyisenge
and Muhadjir Hakizimana causing problems
for the Cranes defence.
Hakizimana turned Shafik Kagimu and Paul
Mbowa inside out before puting in a shot
that beat KCCA’s Charles Lukwago in Uganda’s
goal but not the cross bar.
Lukwago was also later called in to save from
the AS Kigali man moments later before
Tuyisenge flicked the ball past Lukwago
only for the upright to save Cranes at half
Johnathan McKinstry made a double swoop
after recess with Tonny Mawejje and Ben
Ocen replacing Bright Anukani and Viane
From then, the Cranes ball circulation
improved but not clear chances were
created save for an attempt from Mawejje
that was blocked inside the area and Ocen
saw his low cross from the left saved.
Joachim Ojera failed to react faster when Kwizera
fumbled with a corner from Mawejje while
at the other end; Lukwago had to save from
The final whistle must have left Rwanda more frustrated after creating the
better of goal scoring chances in a game
they were second favourites before kick-off.
Both Uganda and Rwanda return to action on Friday
January 22 with Uganda facing Togo while
Rwanda take on Morocco.
Uganda Cranes Team
Charles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz
Kayondo, Paul Mbowa, Musitafa Mujjuzi ©,
Shafik Kagimu, Bright Anukani (Tonny
Mawejje), Abdu-Karim Watambala, Viane
Ssekajugo (Ben Ocen), Milton Karisa (Brian
Aheebwa), Joackim Ojera