2018 CHAN qualifier (1st leg)
South Sudan 0-0 Uganda
Uganda and South Sudan played out a goalless draw in the first leg of the 2018 Championship of Africa Nations (CHAN qualifier).
In the game played at the Juba stadium in South Sudan capital Juba on Friday, either side failed to find the cutting edge and the game eventually ended goalless.
Cranes had the chance to score but Captain Geoffrey Sserunkuma missed a penalty at the start of the second half.
Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic, the cranes coach started with a defensive team with six natural defenders making the starting lineup.
Nicholas Wadada started at right back while debutant Paul Musamali was employed as a left full back with Isaac Muleme playing as a winger.
Savio Kabugo and Timothy Dennis Awany started at the heart of defence while Bernard Muwanga was used as a blocking midfielder.
KCCA FC trio of Muzamir Mutyaba, Geoffrey Sserunkuuma and Derrick Nsibambi started upfront.
Despite several chances for Uganda, the cutting edge in the final third was lacking.
South Sudan had goalkeeper David Kimani to thank for a man of the match performance denying Uganda including saving a penalty.
Milton Karisa was fouled in the 53rd minute and Uganda got a penalty but Sserunkuma failed to convert.
The two teams face off in the return leg next week on Saturday at Star times stadium, Kampala.
The winner on aggregate between Uganda and South Sudan will take on either Rwanda or Tanzania to determine the team that will represent East Africa at the 2018 CHAN tournament in Kenya.
Uganda Cranes lineup Vs South Sudan
Ismail Watenga, Nico Wakiro Wadada , Paul Musamali(Brian Majwega), Savio Kabugo, Timothy Dennis Awany, Bernard Muwanga, Milton Kariisa(Tom Masiko), Muzamir Mutyaba(Paul Mucureezi), Geoffrey Serunkuuma, Derrick Nsibambi and Isaac Muleme.