Qualifiers (1st Round, 2nd Leg):
Uganda Cranes 5-1 South Sudan (Agg: 5-1)
Rwanda 0-0 Tanzania (Agg: 1-1) *Rwanda advances on away goal rule
Lugogo, Uganda | FUFA.CO.UG | Uganda Cranes humiliated neighbors South Sudan 5-1 to book a place in the final round of the Total CHAN championship qualifiers against Rwanda.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) striker Paul Mucureezi single handedly led the assault with four goals during the return leg of their CHAN championship encounter at the Phillip Omondi stadium, Kampala on Saturday.
Mucureezi scored in the 43rd, 49th, 53rd and 59th minutes after coming on as a substitute for Derrick Nsibambi, who was injured as he headed home the first goal of the day on 33 minutes.
“I am very happy to have scored on my debut. I dedicate these goals to my parents in Ntungamo. I was inspired by coach Micho who told me to play well for the people of Kabale who expressed love for Uganda Cranes during the regional tours” Mucureezi said in the post match press conference.
Uganda will play Rwanda who advanced on away goal’s rule after a goal-less draw in the second leg in Kigali.
The eventual winner of the second round tie will qualify for the final tournament in Kenya 2018.
Uganda has previously played at the CHAN Tournament on three occasions in 2012 (Sudan), 2014 (South Africa) and lately 2016 in Rwanda.
The day’s result was however marred by unconfirmed reports that Cranes coach Milutin Sredojević ‘Micho’ is considering his options due to delayed salary from FUFA.
Saturday Team Line ups:
Uganda Cranes XI: Ismael Watenga (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awanyi, Benard Muwanga, Milton Kariisa, Moses Waiswa (77’ Tom Masiko), Derrick Nsibambi (36’ Paul Mucureezi), Muzamiru Mutyaba (61’ Simon Sserunkuma), Shafiq Kagimu
Subs not used: Saidi Keni (GK), Paul Musamali, Nicholas Kasozi, Geoffrey Sserunkuma
South Sudan XI: Khamis Daniel Dak (G.K), Yassir Khemis Cellestin, Abdu Awad Lemi, Salah Abubakar, David Omot Sebit, Peter Chol Bentiu, Robert Wurube Lopidia, Sebit Ajak Bol (60′ Farouq Tajedin), Daniel Oliver Boki (Joseph Celestino Oyuru), Leon Khamis Uso, James Joseph Saeed (71′ Stephen John Samson)
Subs Not used: Joseph Robert Adu (G.K), James Anei Mateil, Emmanuel Thomas Lumari, John Albino
African Nations Championship final zonal qualifying round draw:
Egypt v Morocco
Algeria v Libya
Senegal v Guinea
Mauritania v Mali
Benin v Nigeria
Niger v Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso v Ghana
Equatorial Guinea v Gabon
Congo Brazzaville v Democratic Republic of Congo (holders)
Sao Tome e Principe v Cameroon
Uganda v Rwanda
Ethiopia v Sudan/Burundi
— katunguka marius (@Marius_maaph) July 22, 2017
Let’s see how it will go after the two legs in August. The winner will fully represent East Africa at 2018 CHAN final tournament.
— Rwanda FA (@FERWAFA) July 22, 2017