Senior Challenge Cup

Review: Cranes go top with win against Somalia


The CECAFA men’s challenge cup continues at the at the Startimes Stadium in Lugogo and two games in group A were played yesterday with Uganda beating Somalia to go top of group A while Eritrea handed Burundi their second defeat of the tournament.

Eritrea beat Burundi 1-0 in a game kicked off at 1PM, a second defeat to Les Hirondelles who also lost the opening game to the tournament Organisers Uganda by 2-1.

Robel Kindane scored for Eritrea who were playing their first game of the tournament.

At 4:00pm The second game of the day kicked off between Uganda and Somalia a game that ended with a comfortable 2-0 win for the Cranes.

Jonathan Macknistry made 2 changes to the starting line from the one that played against Burundi on Saturday and this time, Joachim Ojera started in the place of Ben Ocen while Joel Madondo got a nod ahead Viane Sekajugo.

With a massive number of Somali fans turning up, Somalia started well launching a number of attacks through their forwards Ahmed Said Ahmed, Anwar Sidali Shakunda and Guled Abdirizak Ahmed. But the Cranes defense stood tall with equal stealth to combat penetration.

In the 28th minute of the game KCCA player, Allan “Jolly” Okello opened up the goal scoring for Uganda when he send through a shot from outside the box to take the game into recess with the Cranes in the driving lead.

On the return for the second half, the Somalis continued to look for redemption but all in vein.

Mckinstry made a tactical change in the 64th minute, bringing on Nicholas Kasozi for Joel Madondo to get Allan Okello further on the right flank. And just 4 minutes after this substitution, Bright Anukani directed a long ball to Allan Okello on the right flank who dribbled past Somalia defence to flip the ball in top left corner leaving goal keeper, Said Aweys Ali beaten for the second on the day.

Macknistry made two other changes with a few minutes to go with Joachim Ojera paving way for Viane Sekajugo and debutant Abdu Karim Watambala coming on for Shafik Kagimu to complete the number of substitutes.

Uganda Cranes now tops the group A with 6 points out of 2 games, Eritrea 3 points out of 1 game, Djibouti and Somalia 1 point each out of 2 games each while Burundi has no point out of 2 games.

Last results.
Djibouti 0 Somalia 0
Uganda 2 Burundi 1
Eritrea 1 Burundi 0
Somalia 0 Uganda 2

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