- CHAN 2018 Qualifiers | Final Round, 1st Leg
- Uganda Cranes 3-0 Rwanda Amavubi Stars
Thousands witnessed Uganda Cranes triumph majestically over the Rwanda Amavubi Stars 3-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba ran the show in the opening 45 minutes of the game that the hosts dominated with fluid inter-passing of the ball on a slightly bumpy ground.
The creative gem found the back of the net twice first with a well taken penalty 14 minutes into the game.
The penalty was awarded by Burundian FIFA referee Pacifique Ndabihawenimana after striker Derrick Nsibambi was illegally brought down in the forbidden area by APR defender Aimable Nsabimana.
The second goal was as colourful as the painted fans in the terraces.
A string of passes involving marauding right back, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Mutyaba and Milton Karisa enabled a well-positioned Mutyaba to slot home the second after 25 minutes.
The only stain for the home team in the opening 45 minutes were the three cautions to captain Bernard Muwanga, Savio Kabugo and goalkeeper Ismael Watenga.
At the onset of the second stanza of the game, Uganda Cranes technical bench of the interim coaches Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba replaced Muwanga with Tom Masiko.
Six minutes after restart, Derrick Nsibambi curled home the third after good interplay between Karisa, Waiswa and Wadada.
Mutyaba missed completing a hat-trick with a chip flying over the goal with goalie Marcel Nzarora beaten from 20 yards out.
Moments later, Mutyaba paved way for Paul Mucureezi on the hour mark before the final change that saw Onduparaka young forward Muhammed Shaban replace the tired though largely effective legs of Moses Waiswa.
Rwanda’s head tactician Antoine Hey pulled out burly forward Barnabe Mubumbyi fo Abbeddy Biramahire and Seif Oliver Niyonzima paved way for U-17 and U-20 graduate Kevin Muhiire.
There were nervy moments for the home team in the closing stages but they held on the pressure for the convincing victory.
Uganda takes a 3 goal cushion to the second leg that comes a week later at the Kigali Regional Stadium on 19th August, 2017.
The overall winner on aggregate will book a berth to the final tournament in Kenya, come 2018.
TEAM LINE UPS:
UGANDA CRANES XI: Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Savio Kabugo, Bernard Muwanga (45’ Tom Masiko), Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa (80’ Muhammed Shaban), Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru Mutyaba (60’ Paul Mucureezi), Shafiq Kagimu
Subs Not Used: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Rashid Toha, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Ssekisambu
Interim Coaches: Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba (Uganda)
RWANDA XI: Marcel Nzarora (G.K), Eric Iradukunda, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Aimable Rucogoza, Aimable Nsabimana, Thierry Manzi, Yannick Mukunzi, Seif Olivier Niyonzima (69’ Kevin Muhire), Djihad Bizimana, Dominique Savio Nshuti, Barnabe Mubumbyi (52’ Abeddy Biramahire)
Subs Not Used: Yve Kimenyi (G.K), Soter Kayumba, Latif Bishira, Jean Marie Vianney Muvandimwe, Amran Nshimiyimana
Head coach: Antoine Hey (German)
- Center Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
- 1st Assistant Referee: Gustave Baguma (Burundi)
- 2nd Assistant Referee: Willy Habimana (Burundi)
- 4th Official: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
- Match Commissioner: Mohamed Omar Abubaker Yusuf (Kenya)