Martin Mpuga and Salah Ibrahim
Khalid Aucho scored his first goal for the senior Cranes as Uganda edged Sudan 1-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday to end the GOtv CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup
Group C action on top.
The Cranes lead with nine points from three games having scored five goals and conceded none while Sudan are second with six.
Uganda will now face Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars, who finished second in Group B, in the quarterfinals this weekend in Mombasa while Sudan will face Ethiopia.
This after Ethiopia finished second in Group A after losing the toss of a coin to hosts Kenya. The two had ended their games level on seven points.
Emmanuel Okwi and Yonatan Selemon
Uganda and Sudan became the first teams to book their places in the Cecafa Challenge Cup
quarterfinals after both sides won their second Group C matches on Monday.
Uganda, the defending champions, started their match against an under-strength Eritrea with skipper Emmanuel Okwi back after he missed the opening game against Rwanda with a bout of malaria.
They were off to a flying start in the match played on an artificial surface in Nairobi as Okwi combined well with the Kenyan-based forward Dan Sserenkuma to put the champions ahead in the 10th minute.
Joseph Mpande and Emery Bayisenge
Uganda Cranes striker Danny Sserunkuma announced his return to the international scene with a goal as Uganda downed Rwanda 1-0 in the two teams’ Cecafa Senior Challenge
opener on Friday at Nyayo National Stadium.
The match had a dull start but grew livelier as it progressed with the first real chance being created in the 19th minute by Uganda. Right back Nicholas Wadada raced well on the flank to cut in and cross for Geoffrey Kizito but the midfielder blasted high and wide.
The match was not free of controversy as in the 36th minute Wadada appeared to have fouled Jean Claude Iranzi in the box but the referee awarded a foul to the Ugandans much to Rwanda’s protestations.
Haruna Niyonzima, Baptiste Mugiraneza
The Amavubi Stars of Rwanda
have revealed their 20-man squad for this year's edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup
scheduled to kick-off on Wednesday in Nairobi.
Coach Eric Nshimiyimana has called-up Rayon Sports prolific striker Meddie Kagere together with enterprising midfielders Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Haruna Niyonzima.
The four time Cecafa winners (1987, 2001, 2004 and 2005) arrived in the country today in the morning ahead of their Friday’s Group C opening fixture against defending champions Uganda Cranes.
This will be the second time the Amavubi face the Cranes in a less than a fortnight after the two played to a barren draw last Saturday in an international friendly match. Other teams in Group C are Eritrea and Sudan.
Kagere, Mawejje, Mugiraneza
There was nothing to separate Uganda
as the two played out a goalless stalemate in an international friendly
on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The two were using the tie as preparation for the upcoming Cecafa in Nairobi, and while the visitors will have been okay with the draw, the hosts will have been left with several unanswered questions.
Uganda bossed better parts of first half where Emmanuel Okwi, skipper of the day, should have scored when Vincent Kayizzi crossed low for him.
It also took good defending from Emery Bayisenge, Niriakire Solomon and Batiste Mugiraneza, plus goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ndayishimye to keep winger Brian Majwega and Oscar Agaba, who anchored the midfield, out as Uganda laid siege on the visitors defence heading into half time.
Moses Tadesse and Hamis Kiiza
Defending CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup
champions Uganda Cranes have been drawn against Rwanda, Sudan and Eritrea in this year’s edition of the event that kicks off in Nairobi and Machakos on November 27.
The draw done Friday morning during the event’s official launch in Nairobi will see Uganda in a tough Group ‘C’ involving two previous winners.
Hosts Kenya are in Group ‘A’ together with Ethiopia, Zanzibar and South Sudan while Group ‘B’ will feature Tanzania, Burundi, Somalia and guest team Zambia.
CECAFA Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye said all preliminary games will be played in Nairobi and Machakos.
coach Micho Sredojevic has named a strong local legion of 27 players to enter camp on Thursday as they prepare for Saturday’s friendly
The Cranes face the Amavubi Stars at Namboole as both teams prepare for Cecafa due later this month in Nairobi.
Micho Sredojevic’s Uganda are also using the game to build up for January’s Africa Nations Championship
(Chan) in South Africa.
The 27 include four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, nine midfielders and three strikers. Micho will be facing Rwanda for the first time since parting company with the Amavubi early this year.
The international friendly
match between Rwanda
’s Amavubi Stars and Uganda
Cranes has been shifted to November 16 at Namboole Stadium. Initially, the match had been scheduled for November 15 in Kampala.
“The game has been brought forward to November 16 by the hosts and we believe it won’t affect our plans,” Amavubi coach Eric Nshimiyimana told Times Sport yesterday.
Nshimiyimana also confirmed that the Amavubi team will join camp on November 12 after the ninth round of the Turbo King Football league which was been brought forward in order to give ample time to the national team to prepare for the Cecafa Challenge Cup which kicks on November 27 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Uganda vs. Rwanda
Cranes will play Rwanda
’s Amavubi Stars in a friendly next month as part of preparations for the upcoming Cecafa and the Chan 2014
Ugandan FA, Fufa, confirmed on Wednesday that the friendly will be played under floodlights at Namboole Stadium, Kampala on November 15.
“An official request for match officials to handle the game has already been sent to Football Kenya Federation (FKF),” reads a statement from Fufa.
Both sides will use the game as a build-up to next month’s Cecafa in Nairobi while Micho Sredojevic’s Uganda will also use it as prep for January’s Chan in South Africa.
Uganda-born striker Meddie Kagere has made a move to Rayon Sport FC who will represent Rwanda in the 2014 CAF Orange Champions League.
“I have signed for Rayon because I think I what it takes to help the club perform well at the international level next year,” said the former Police FC striker.
The forward moved to the Rwanda League
five years ago and changed nationality to feature for the Rwanda
national side, Amavubi.
He was a hit at the 2011 Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup in Tanzania when he helped Rwanda reach the final against eventual winners Uganda.