Uganda Cranes started off their AFCON 2021 Qualification campaign in Ouagadougou with a hard-fought barren draw with Burkina Faso on Wednesday evening.
Johny Mckinstry was on the defending end for much of the game and needed a disciplined defense and collective display from all players so as to earn a point away from home.
Joseph Benson Ochaya made a goal-line clearance to deny the hosts an early lead into the game.
Patrick Henry Kaddu, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi and Abdul Lumala provided an outstanding Cranes threat upfront.
Cranes’ best goal scoring chance came in the second half when Okwi’s headed ball hit the crossbar off a well-taken Farouk Miya corner kick.
As time went by, Nico Wadada replaced tired Bevis Mugabi, Striker Patrick Kaddu was pulled off for Isaac Muleme to give defensive cover to already cautioned Johnson Ochaya while Alexis Bbaka came on for Miya later on in the game.
Uganda is now second and tied with Burkina Faso in group B with a sole point in as many games while Malawi leads the standings with 3 points following their early win against South Sudan.
On Sunday, 17th November, Uganda will host Malawi at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in a match dubbed ‘366 days back to Namboole’ while Burkina Faso travels to Khartoum to face South Sudan.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (GK, Captain), Bevis Mugabi (Nico Wakiro Wadada), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awany, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Faruku Miya (Alexis Bbakka),Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Abdul Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu (Isaac Muleme)
Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara (GK),Charles Lukwago (GK), Hassan Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa,Taddeo Lwanga, William Kizito, Allan Kyambadde, Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello
Burkina Faso XI:
Adama Sawadogo (GK), Steeve Yago, Edmond Tapsoba, Issoufou Dayo, Yacouba Coulibaly, Charles Kabore, Bryan Boulaye Dabo, Jonathan Pitroipa, Eric Traore, Cyrille Bayala, Lassina Traoré