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Kenya Holds Uganda to One All Draw in World Cup Qualifier

The result takes Uganda Cranes to nine points but remains second in Group E, just one point below the table leaders Mali,
Uganda Cranes squad in Kitende

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The Kenya Football Team, Harambee Stars have held Uganda Cranes in a one-all draw in the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers return leg at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.

In the first opening minutes of the game played on Thursday, both sides created a few scoring opportunities.

However, in the middle of the match, both teams threatened each other's goal but Kenya created more chances.  In the 20th minute, an effort by Kenya’s Captain Michael Olunga was cleared by Cranes Keeper Charles Lukwago before Joseph Okumu’s shot was also saved by Aziz Kayondo. Uganda also missed a chance when defender Bevis Mugabi’s effort went over the bar.

Uganda’s coach Micho Sredojević made two substitutes after half time to boost the team’s creativity. He introduced Milton Karisa who replaced Steven Mukwala while Ibrahim Orit replaced defender Aziz Kayondo.

Although Uganda looked keen to score, the opponents were the luckiest when in the 62nd minute, Olunga broke the deadlock with a free header off Kenneth Muguna’s free-kick.

Micho made two other substitutions in Yunus Sentamu and Okello as the hosts started the quest for an equalizer but the Kenyans were smart to deny Uganda a chance.

In the 88th minute, Kenya’s Goal Keeper Brian Okoth made a blunder that surrendered an equalizer to Uganda. Okoth lost possession to Crane’s Fahad Bayo who scored an equalizer.

The result takes Uganda Cranes to nine points but remains second in Group E, just one point below the table leaders Mali, who will play Rwanda in their return leg. If Mali wins, it will automatically qualify for the playoffs.

According to the qualifying format, the team that finishes top of the group will advance to the third round. In this round, ten teams that top all their respective groups will be drawn into five home-and-away ties. The winners of each fixture will advance to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Engin Fırat, the Head Coach Harambe Stars said his team had many chances to secure victory but failed to utilize them.

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