Resilient South Sudan holds Uganda Cranes in CHAN 2018 qualifiers

CHAN 2018 Qualifiers (1st round, 1st leg): 

  • South Sudan 0-0 Uganda
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Team captains (James Moga of South Sudan) and Uganda’s Geofrey Sserunkuma with the match referees before kick

Uganda Cranes will need to put a little more effort in the return leg of the CHAN 2018 qualifiers against South Sudan at Lugogo next weekend.

The Bright Stars of South Sudan held Uganda Cranes to a goalless draw at Juba stadium in the first leg of the round one on Friday.

Derrick Nsibambi had a headed goal disallowed for offside in the first half and defender Timothy Awany headed into the side net in some of the first half goal scoring chances created.

Team captain, Geoffrey Sserunkuma missed arguably the best chance of the game – a penalty – as the second half kicked off.

The penalty was awarded following a malicious high boot in the chest of Milton Kariisa by the Gudele Football Club goalkeeper, Daniel Khemis.

Kariisa was moments later replaced by Tom Masiko. Micho further called out left back Paul Musamali for Brian Majwega, a strategy to inject pace and directness to the game.

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Isaac Muleme prepares to take a free kick during the game

Uganda’s final change witnessed Paul Mucureezi replace KCCA teammate Muzamiru Mutyaba.

Robert Wulube, one South Sudanese nationalized player (born in Uganda), alongside lanky striker James Moga were a thorn to the Uganda Cranes defence.

The home team held on gallantly to register a goalless draw with the return leg set for next Saturday at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

The aggregate winner over the two legs will play either Tanzania or Rwanda for a slot at the 2018 CHAN tournament in Kenya.

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Action from the South Sudan against Uganda match at Juba stadium


CHAN is a tournament for only home based players.

Uganda Cranes XI Line up:

Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Paul Musamali (62′ Brian Majwega), Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awany, Bernard Muwanga, Milton Karisa (52′ Tom Masiko), Muzamir Mutyaba (81′ Paul Mucureezi), Geofrey Sserunkuma (Captain), Derrick Nsibambi, Isaac Muleme

Subs Not Used: Ken Saidi, John Adriko, Deus Bukenya and Shafiq Kagimu

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