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Bright Anuakani and Fahad Bayo gave Uganda Cranes a 2-0 half time lead at the StarTimes Stadium. The home team dominated most of the first half, but failed to take their chances.
07 Dec 2019 20:14
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Uganda Cranes have defeated Burundi 2-1 in a Group A match as the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup kicked off on Saturday.

Bright Anuakani and Fahad Bayo gave Uganda Cranes a 2-0 half time lead at the StarTimes Stadium. The home team dominated most of the first half, but failed to take their chances. In the second half Burundi was a changed side attacking in numbers and putting Uganda under pressure.

After 60 minutes Burundi earned a penalty after defender John Revita handled the ball in the box. Cedric Danny Rurasenga made no mistake from the spot as he sent Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Charles Lukwago the wrong way.

Uganda also had Allan Okello miss a chance. “I am happy that we have started with a win, but there is still a lot to be done,” said Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry. Olivier Alian Niyungeko, the Burundi coach said despite the defeat his players responded well.

“We created the chances and should get sharper at goal as the tournament gets on,” added Niyungeko. In the earlier Group A match Somalia and Djibouti settled for a goalless draw. The Ocean Stars of Somalia had a chance to take an early lead but Yonis Abdirizak Farh had his shot blocked for a corner. Djibouti’s Ahmed Youssouf also hit the post twice in the first half.

The two teams continued to create scoring chances in the second half, but were let down by the wet surface. Head coach of Djibouti Julie Mette said he was happy with the way his players reacted, but added that scoring remains a big problem.

“We are happy to be in this tournament because it will give us more exposure ahead of the group stage of the 2021 FIFA World Cup qualifiers,” added Mette.

Action continues on Sunday with Zanzibar facing Sudan and defending champions Kenya taking on Tanzania in Group B matches.

The regional tournament that has attracted nine teams will climax on December 19th.

Group A standing                  

                      P      W      D       L       GF     GA     A     Pts

Uganda          1       1       0        0       2        1       1      3Djibouti          1       0       1        0       0        0       0      1

Somalia          1       0       1        0       0        0       0      1 Burundi          1       0       0        1       1        2      -1      0

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