Pre-CHAN: Uganda edge Micho’s Zambia

Vianne Sekajugo and Steven Mukwala were on target as Uganda edged Zambia in a dominant 2-0 win in their second match of the Pre-CHAN Mini Tournament at Annex Omnisports Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Vianne Ssekajugo and Steven Mukwala scored in either half to hand the Cecafa nation victory over their former coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s side.

Zambia were the first side to pose a real threat in search of an opener in the 13th minute when Benedict Chepeshi made a promising run down the wing, but Paul Willa did well to intercept a dangerous pass that was meant for Moses Phiri.

Experienced Tonny Mawejje showed his class against Zambia just like he did on New Year’s in the mathc with Cameroon

However Sekajugo and Mukwala will still the headlines. The manner in which they scored their goals, especially the latter-would be good for a TV advert.

Sekajugo deployed on the left flank, kept his run simultaneously with Ibrahim Orit who was deadly with the ball from the right wing.

Orit, beat his marker with his skill and pace to set up a cross but Zambia keeper Charles Kalumba let the aerial ball though his hands to drop down.

Saidi Kyeyune controlled the midfield

Sekajugo coolly collected the ball and had all the time to think about so many options before he handed Uganda the lead.

Mukwala showed skill and attention to detail to score. He teased Kalumba twice before he doubled Uganda’s tally.

It was a dominant performance from Cranes as Captain Halid Lwaliwa, Paul Willa, Eric Senjobe and Hassan Muhammad manned the defence very well.

Vianne Sekajugo taking on his opponent

Tonny Mawejje, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Said Kyeyune controlled the midfield.

Goalkeeper Naifian Alionzi was at his usual best with at least three fine saves.

Prior to the match, the big talk was on two old friends Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry and Chipolopolo’s Milutin Micho Sredojevic.

Micho took Uganda back to AFCON Finals after 39 years of waiting in 2016, so there was every reason for emotions and news headlines to be created from this moment.

After the match, both coaches Micho (L) and McKinstry (R) exhibited high levels of professionalism and sportsmanship spirit. It ended Uganda 2-0 Zambia

Uganda has now amassed four points after drawing 1-1 with Cameroon in the opening match. Cranes will return to action on Thursday 7th January 2021 against Niger.

Lineups:

Uganda XI: Alionz Nafian, Eric Ssenjobe, Muhammad Hassan, Paul Willa, Halid Lwaliwa, Byaruhanga Bbosi, Tony Mawejje, Siadi Kyeyune, Viane Ssekajugo, Ibrahim Orit, Steven Mukwala.

Zambia XI: Charles Kalumba, Adrian Chama, Zachariah Chilongoshi, Benedict Chepeshi, Clement Mwape, Kelvin Kapumbu, Paul Katema, Bruce Musakanya, Collins Sikombe, Moses Phiri, Emmanuel Chabula.

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