Uganda Cranes’ 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification dreams have been dealt a huge blow after a stalemate with Kenya.
Uganda drew 1-all with the Harambe Stars at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Thursday.
Michael Olunga scored for Kenya while Fahad Bayo levelled matters for Cranes just before the death of the game.
The visitors, Kenya were the better side of the opening half as they dominated much of the proceedings and also created the most important chances of the early exchanges.
Samuel Onyango got the first attempt on target in the 8th minute but his effort was too weak for the Cranes’ custodian Charles Lukwago who easily saved it.
24 minutes into the game, Lukwago made a brilliant save to deny Michael Olunga one on one after the Kenyan striker was tied up by Kenneth Muguna.
But it was Uganda who got the best chance in the opening half but Bevis Mugabi fired his effort agnozingly above the crossbar after Brian Bwire parried a Bobosi Byaruhanga’s freekick straight to the Motherwell defender.
The Harambe Stars of Kenya could have gone ahead before halftime if it wasn’t for a late goal-line clearance by Aziz Kayondo to stop a Joseph Okumu’s strike after a cornerkick.
At the start of the second half, Cranes head coach Milutin Sredojevic made his first changes of game, bringing on Milton Karisa and Ibrahim Orit for Steven Mukwala and Aziz Kayondo with hope that the Vipers’ pair could offer the spark needed upfront.
And Orit fashioned Uganda’s first attempt in the second, as he made a wonderful run to run onto a brilliant Moses Waiswa’s pass, he struck the ball with venom but Bwire made a sublime save to parry away orit’s effort to the cornerkick.
The game witnessed it’s first caution in the 61st minute as Timothy Awanyi was booked by Ahmed Djama Souleiman for a foul on Kenyan forward Abdallah Hassan.
From the resulting freekick, Kenya took the game’s lead, Olunga heading in after a well taken Muguna cross past Lukwago.
After conceding a goal, Micho immediately made another offensive change, bringing on Yunus Sentamu for Waiswa trying to chase the game.
Allan Okello was also introduced on for Bobosi with twenty minutes left on the clock.
Uganda had a brilliant chance to level matters in the 80th minute but Karisa’s effort was deflected wide for a cornerkick after a nice layup by Bayo.
In the last minute of the 90,Bayo levelled matters for Uganda after he dispossess Bwire and net into an empty net.
With the draw, Uganda remain unbeaten but sit second in group E with 9 points with a game to go.
The log leaders, Mali who are on 10 points play Rwanda late on in the day.