Sunday, October 10
*Uganda 1-0 Rwanda
*Kenya 0-1 Mali
Group E Table
- Mali – 10
- Uganda – 8
- Kenya – 2
- Rwanda – 1
Fahad Bayo scored anothee goal against Rwanda as Uganda Cranes completed a double over neighbours in Group E of the World Cup Qualifiers.
Bayo, who scored the lone goal in Kigali on Thursday, nodded in a free header from Isaac Muleme at Kitende to hand Uganda a hard fought win.
There was less to admire from Uganda Cranes who survived nervy moments in a poor second half they looked pedestrians.
Uganda remain second behind Mali who beat Kenya 1-0 in Nyayo thanks to Ibrahim Kone’s goal.
Micho’s Cranes face Kenya at Kitende before ending the Group with an away tie against Mali next month.
Uganda Grit Teeth
Uganda were the second best on the day, just like it was on Thursday in Kigali, but managed to grind out the needed result.
It was a typical Micho performance; very conservative and compact at the back.
The Serbian made just one change from the team that played on Thursday; Aziz Kayondo was a shock starter ahead of Mustafa Kizza at left back while Muleme played in the left side of the midfield.
The team barely created open chances but its peak and threat came mostly through set-pieces.
Bayo was unmarked when he headed the goal in the 22nd minute, while Muleme and Yunus Sentamu came closest from the free-kick.
Sentamu had a chance to double the advantage when he received a cut back from Ibrahim Orit only to send his effort over the bar.
With two points below Mali, Uganda have to win their last two games to guarantee a place on the last round of qualifiers.
‘We Conceded Another Stupid Goal’
Amavubi Stars coach Vincent Mashami blamed his players for conceding what he termed a ‘stupid’ goal again.
Mashami said: “It was a very interesting game but we conceded another stupid goal like it was in the first game. This level we dont expect such a goal. Players were not focussed enough. We needed to react well in the second half and we tried.
“I will be thankful to the players for that second half which we dominated. We were better sides in both games, but Uganda were objective and decisive. We will bounce back in the next games.
“We were the better side surely and we didn’t deserve to lose both games, derby games are very painful and we were not realistic enough in both.”
A loss on Sunday has completely ended Rwanda’s faint chances qualifying for the next round.
They could have found the back of the net but failed to capitalise from their top moments on the day.
Jacques Tuyisenge had a quiet day and failed to meet a neat cross from right back Denis Rukundo.
Charles Lukwago denied Kevin Muhire, Ange Mutsinze header bounced over the goal frame and Blaise Nishimwe fired wide after a poor clearance.
The Amavubi Stars remain rooted at the bottom with just a point to their name.
Uganda XI – Charles Lukwago, Denis Iguma, Aziz Kayondo, Isaac Muleme, Enock Walusimbi, Timothy Awany, Taddeo Lwanga, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Moses Waiswa, Fahad Bayo, Steven Mukwala
Rwanda XI – Emery Mvuyekure, Ange Mutsinze, Salomon Nirisakire, Kevin Muhire, Denis Rukundo, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Rafael York, Yannick Mukunzi, Djabel Manishimwe, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere