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Anukani inspires cranes to first win in CECAFA


The CECAFA senior challenge cup officially started on Saturday at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo with two games. Somalia and Djibouti shared spoils in the opener while Uganda beat Burundi on 2-1.

In the opening 3 minutes Uganda Cranes had a goal ruled out for offside when Fahad Bayo put the ball at the back of the net after receiving a lofted pass from Bright Anukani.

Five minutes later Bright Anukani capitalised on a poor Clearance by the Burundi defence Anukani hit a rebound to put Uganda up in the 8th minute.

Anukani almost doubled the the lead in the 20th minute but his shot was well blocked by the Burundi defender.

In the 21st minute, the Proline midfielder put a wonderful through ball to find Bayo again who made no mistake this time and put the ball past his Vipers teammate Fabien Mutombora.

Uganda returned for the second half on a low but could still find moments to continue their assault on Burundi.

In the 52nd minute Bayo could have scored another but Mutombora was alert deny him the chance.

Few minutes later, Burundi pulled one back from the penalty spot after defender John Revita handled the ball inside the penalty area.

Rusarenge stepped up and made no mistake to score the penalty in the 60th minute.

Allan Okello almost netted the 3rd for the Cranes but was denied by woodwork before Vianney Ssekajugo could fail to score from the rebound.

Uganda will face Somalia in the next game while Burundi will be taking on Eritrea on Monday 9th December.

Uganda is now topvof group A with 3 points and a goal. Action continues today as Kenya takes on Tanzania at startimes stadium lugogo.

Lineups used


Charles Lukwago (GK) Paul Willa Mustafa Kizza ,John Revita Halid Lwaliwa (c) Shafiq Kagimu (Nicholas Kasozi), Bright Anukani (Muzamiru Mutyaba)Allan Okello Ben Ocen Fahad Bayo ,Viane Sekajugo (Joachim Ojera)


Fabien Mutombora, Eric Ndizeye, Landry Ndikumana, Cedric Danny Ruhasenga, Jeane Claude Ndyarasanze, Abedi Bigirimana, Moussa Muryango, Iddy Saidi Jouma, Chancel Ndaye, Raoul Vamungo, Leone Rashid Narehimana

Henry Peter Mutebi

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