Uganda Cranes registered a hard-fought 1-0 win against South Sudan team during the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 group B qualifiers.
The game was played at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Thursday.
Vipers SC defender Halid Lwaliwa headed home Faruku Miya’s free-kick in the 85th minute of the game played under closed doors.
Lwaliwa replaced the injured Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu in the 68th minute after pulling a ham-string.
Uganda Cranes’ technical team made a couple of changes in the game.
Emmanuel Okwi was replaced by Allan Okello in the 58th minute before Lwaliwa’s forced change 10 minutes later.
Karim Watambala and Edrisa Lubega were also introduced for Khalid Aucho and Paul Derrick Nsibambi respectively. Watambala earned his first senior debut, same like Bwomono.
Left back Joseph Ochaya got cautioned in the final stages of the game, a decision that automatically rules him out of the return leg on Monday, 16th November.
Johnathan McKinstry happy with the results
Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry was happy for Cranes result which saw the East African giants move to seven points.
“I am happy for the victory. We really worked hard to break down their resilience which was anticipated because they are a hard nut to break,” McKinstry said after the game before adding
“We look forward the return leg on Monday,” he added.
Uganda Cranes will depart for Nairobi on Saturday, 14th November 2020.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (18), Elvis Bwomono (06), Joseph Ochaya (02), Ronald Mukiibi (12), Timothy Denis Awany (03), Mike Azira (23), Khalid Aucho (08), Faruku Miya (17), William Kizito Luwagga (10), Derrick Nsibambi (11), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (07)
South Sudan XI:
Ramadan John Mayik Diing (G.K – 1), Abdulkarim Yom Mutwakil -29, Peter Maker Manyang – 4, Rehan Angier Malong (14), Manyumom Achol (8), Jackson Morgan Odebe (16), Ivan Wani Adebo (7), David Sebit Omot (17), Tito Okello Odong (10), Makueth Wol Akeen Nguet (22), Stephen Pawaar Lony (25)