Paul Mbowa came close to giving Uganda Cranes the lead after one minute at the Reunification Stadium in Doula, but his free kick missed the target by inches in the first minute.
Uganda Cranes team lining up ahead of the match against Rwanda on Monday night. CAF Photo
Uganda Cranes kick-started their Total African Nations
Championship (CHAN) campaign with a goalless draw against arch-rivals Rwanda on
Paul Mbowa came close to giving Uganda Cranes the lead
after one minute at the Reunification Stadium in Doula, but his free kick missed
the target by inches in the first minute.
But later the experienced Rwanda skipper Jacques
Tuyisenge also made his impact felt in the 7th minute with a well struck shot
that was saved by Uganda’s goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.
The Cranes tried to push forward before their
attacking midfielder Milton Karisa was stretched off injured after only 11
minutes of play. He was replaced by KCCA FC striker Brian Aheebwa who also had
his first attempt after 23 minutes.
It was Muhadjiri Hakizimana who dribbled past three
Ugandan defenders and was unlucky his shot hit the woodwork after 30 minutes
The teams returned charged and tried to push forward,
but failed to get the goals. Joackim Ojera who picked a booking in the first
half came close to giving Uganda the lead after 61 minutes, but he failed to tap
in from close range. Rwanda also had their chances, but did not take them.
The title holders Morocco who beat Togo 1-0 in the earlier
Group C match now top the group, while Rwanda and Rwanda are joint second. Uganda
Cranes will next face Togo on January 22nd before completing the
group phase with a game against Morocco on January 26th.
The CHAN tournament meant for local based players
featuring local home League started with hosts Cameroon defeating Zimbabwe 1-0
in the opening match played in Yaounde.
Mali also stopped Burkina Faso 1-0
before Libya and Niger settled for a goalless draw on Sunday. Two time CHAN
winners DR Congo also got off to a good start on Sunday beating Congo
Action moves to the town of Limbe on Tuesday with
former Uganda Cranes coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic leading Zambia against Tanzania in the first Group D game, before Guinea takes on