Striker Frank Kalanda and Farouk Miya netted crucial goals to make sure a 10-man Uganda Cranes side beat Sudan 2-0 in the first leg of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship CHAN qualifier on Saturday.
Uganda Cranes Coach Milutin \'Micho\' Sredojevic.
Striker Frank Kalanda and Farouk Miya netted crucial goals to make sure a 10-man Uganda Cranes side beat Sudan 2-0 in the first leg of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday.
The URA FC striker Kalanda finished off a ball parried back by the Sudan goalkeeper Yassein Yousif Maki after 15 minutes before Miya made it 2-0 after 35 minutes with a well taken left foot shot.
Sudan\'s Mudather Eltaib caused lots of problems for the Ugandan defenders, but failed to find the target. On resumption Ugandan defender Hassan Wasswa Dazo was sent off for a foul on a Sudan striker.
Ugandan goalkeeper James Alitho saved the Eltaib\'s penalty when he punched it away for a corner after 55 minutes. The Sudan team continued to pile lots of pressure, but the hosts remained strong and defended in numbers.
The match was graced by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda as the Chief guest. The return leg will be played in Khartoum on October 24th where Uganda needs a draw or a 1-0 loss to qualify for the Championship that will take place in Rwanda between January and February next year.
Coach Milutin â€˜Micho\' Sredojevic will be eager to see his team qualify fro a second straight CHAN event after playing in last year\'s event in Cape Town, South Africa. Libya are the defending champions.