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HOW IT HAPPENED: Uganda Cranes 1 Tanzania 0

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4:56 pm: Uganda continues to come under heavy pressure as Tanzania struggle to secure an equalizer.

Taifa have missed several clean sheets including one where a striker sent the ball past the goal post in spite of having an empty net in front of him.


Tanzania also fell short of exploiting a corner and free kick which would have enabled them register a draw in the heated CHAN qualifier.

Cranes have realized the urgency of tightening their defence to avoid penetration of the Taifa Stars. They are apparently playing a defensive style to consolidate the lead.

4:22pm: Second half opens with Uganda Cranes’ Denis Iguma curving a crucial pass right into the net.

Second half opens.


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4:00pm: First half comes to an end. It’s Tanzania 0 Uganda 0.

3:55: Cranes Majwega fails to score despite being a few metres away from the goal. With Edema’s striking performance, anything is possible for the Cranes.

The Cranes look strong and formidable.

3:41pm: Kazimoto falls short of converting a perfect pass as it veers off the target.

Cranes take a deep sigh and make a counter attack which does not bear furit.

3:40pm: Referee books Nicholas Wadada for a foul against Taifa Star player.

3:39pm: Uganda Cranes appear to have an edge over Tanzania but it’s too early to cal


3:34pm: Tanzania’s Mrisho Ngassa falls short of converting a strategic pass into goal despite being close to Muwonge Mrisho Ngassa

3:25pm: Uganda survives deadly attack. The Cranes manage to control the ball before slipping through the last ring of defence.

3:15pm: Some Ugandan soccer fanatics are seen in the stadium. The attendance is absolutely porr. Most seats are empty.

3:39pm: Uganda Cranes appear to have an edge over Tanzania but it’s too early to cal

3:10pm: The match has kicked off at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Tanzania.

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Home-based Cranes players today Saturday take on Tanzania’s Taifa Stars well assured of victory and solid backing from all Ugandans.

With the team reported in “high spirits” and “perfect fitness,” the Cranes are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for the CHAN qualifier victory against Tanzania.

Having thumped the formidable Liberia and Angola at Namboole recently, Cranes’ chances of handing down a humiliating defeat to Taifa Stars are one hundred and one.

Coach Micho Sredojevic has done wonders since taking over the Ugandan national team recnetly, putting Cranes on top form.

“We are playing against a good team and we respect them,” Micho told Chimpreports before the national team flew out on Thursday.

“I know the Tanzanian team in and out so there is no need to worry.”

Uganda has in recent months exhibited overwhelming determination and ability to beat giant teams in home and away matches.

Cranes on Thursday evening stretched their muscles at the Karume Memorial Stadium and later at the National Stadium in preparation for the Saturday encounter.

The match kicks off at 16:00 hours and its return leg will be played in a fortnight in Kampala (Mandela National stadium-Namboole).

Uganda Cranes will bear in mind that it was a similar fixture in 2008 in Mwanza when Taifa Stars used them as a ladder before the latter took off to Abidjan for the inaugural CHAN tourney.

CHAN is a tournament established by CAF to cater for domestic-based players who don’t have exposure at international stage through their national teams.

After very rigorous training sessions in Kampala, the Ugandan players are expected to destroy the Tanzanians.

The 18 Cranes players:

Goal Keepers: Muwonge Hamza (Vipers), Kimera Ali (SC VU)

Defenders: Wadada Nicholas (Sc Vipers), Guma Denis (Sc Vu), Kisalita Ayub (Villa), Kasaaga Richard (Kiira Young Fc), Mukisa Yusuf (Proline) Kawooya Fahad and Savio Kabugo (SC VU).

Midfielders: Ntege Ivan (KCC), Majwega Brian (KCC FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (KCC FC), Mpande Joseph (Vipers), Muganga Ronald (Sc Villa), Kyeyune Said (URA),

Strikers: Edema Patrick (Sc Vu), Frank Kalanda (URA), and Tonny Odur (KCC).

Officials : Milutin Sredojevic (Head Coach), Kefa Kisala & Sam Timbe (Assistant coaches), Fred Kajoba (Goal Keepers’ Coach), Joseph Mutaka (Media Officer), Dr. Ronald Kisolo (Team Doctor), Chrispus Muyinda (Team Manager).

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