Afcon 2017: Stallions Hold Cranes at Namboole

Ugandan football fans have suffered heartbreak in their long wait to qualify for a major tournament after being held to a barren draw in a match the hosts controlled for the better part.

The hosts missed two glorious open opportunities to slam the ball home in the second half, mind the first; team skipper Geoffrey Massa failed a close sitter at the far end after a well coordinated one-two passes between Luwaga Kizito and Tony Mawejje resulted in a short low cross through the six-yard box just four minutes after the break.

Second half substitute, Moses Oloya also took the share of the blame for blasting wide from close range in a rowdy goal mêlée.

First minute chance

Standard Liege attacking midfielder Farouk Miya had the first say in attack within the first minute after racing past Dayo Issoufa to get at the end of Khalid Aucho’s diagonal cross.

Miya twisted and turned his marker before slotting in a low short cross but went begging across the six-yard box.

Mawejje grabbed a similar chance eight minutes later but his ensuing cheeky long loop hit the crossbar with the whole Burkinabe backline watching.

Okwi’s moves Emmanuel Okwi was given a role to start the ahead of Godfrey Walusimbi. The striker failed to drift through a tight defense headed by Patrick Malo.

All his three dribbles ended up knocking the wall and cleared away. The result means Uganda remain on seven points, same as Burkina Faso while Botswana and Comoros are third and fourth.


Uganda: Dennis Onyango, Isaac Isinde, Dennis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Waswa, Khalid Aucho, Tony Mawejje, Farouk Miya, William Kizito, Emmanuel Okwi, Geoffrey Massa.

Subs: R. Odonkara, M.Azira, Y. Mugerwa, M.Oloya, T. awany, G. Walusimbi.

Burkina Faso: Diakite Dauoda, Charles Kabore, Bakary None, Dayo Issoufou, Patrick Malo, Farid Yago, Bakay Safe, Traore Abdulzack, Prejuce Nakoulma, Jonathan Patroipa, Bertrand Traore.

Sub’s: S. Abdulaye, G. Adama, A. Traore, A. Vance, B, Diawara, I. Gouo, Barros Bayala.

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