31 May 2015 07:08
Two well-taken second half strikes from forwards, John Ssemazi and skipper, Farouk Miya gave Uganda a 2-0 win over Rwanda and a place at the third round of the qualifiers for the African U-23 Championship Senegal 2015.
The goals followed a barren first half at the Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala, earning the Kobs passage 4-1 on aggregate and a date with Egypt at the next round.
A dominant Uganda side had created the most chances in the opening half but failed to get the breakthrough. Captain Miya hit the crossbar as early as the first minute of the game from a Ssemazi pass well was blocked by Rwanda goalie, Emery Byeshenga.
Four minutes later, another goal bound effort from Ssemazi was cleared off the line by Byeshenga.
Rwanda’s best scoring opportunity of the half was when AS Kigali forward Isaie Songa broke through on the left but his tempting delivery was tamed by Uganda shot stopper, Salim Jamal of Sudanese side, El Merreikh fame.
Come the second half, Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic replaced Hassan Muhammed with CS Safien striker, Yunus Sentamu five minutes after restart.
Minutes later, Kezironi Kizito paved way for Muzamiru Mutyaba and the two changes reaped instant dividends as Miya released Sentamu on the left with a descent pass. The latter then cut inside and his telling cross off the weaker left foot was met by Ssemazi for the opener on the hour mark.
Sixty seconds later, the hosts were once again celebrating another strike as Erias Ssekisambu crossed and Miya chested before unleashing a half volleyed effort to give Uganda a two goal lead.
Rwanda lost defender, Michel Rusheshangoga after a leg injury in the first half and the facial expression as he was stretched off the field of play indeed communicated how much the game meant to his life, lest the team.
The top three teams at the final tournament scheduled for 28 November to 12 December in Senegal, will qualify for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Uganda 2-0 Rwanda (2-1)
Cameroon 1-1 Sierra Leone (0-0)
Mali vs Mauritania (1-1)
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Congo vs Ghana (0-1)
Sudan vs Tunisia (0-1)
Swaziland vs Zimbabwe (0-0)