By Keefa Nuwahereza
All is going on well for Uganda Cranes in the CECAFA 2019 Senior Challenge Cup group stages with an unbeaten record, following a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Djibouti on Sunday at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.
KCCA midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba opened the scoring with a well taken kick from the penalty spot in the 14th minute.
Three second half goals from winger Joackim Ojera as well as two second half substitutes Ben Ocen and Bright Anukani crowned the day for the tournament hosts.
Haroun Mohamed scored the consolation for Djibouti.
Mutyaba’s penalty arrived after a handball in the forbidden area by the Djibouti defender after Paul Mbowa’s cross from the left on 13 minutes.
Ojera doubled the lead after 65 minutes when he finished Abdul Watambala’s through ball.
Haroun gave Djibouti some hope with a goal pulled back in the 69 minutes.
Ocen, who had replaced Ojera converted substitute Allan Okello’s assist in the 75th minute.
Another substitute, Anukani put the game beyond Djibouti’s reach with the fourth goal via his first touch on the ball moments after replacing Nicholas Kasozi.
Uganda Cranes registered their fourth successive victory at the annual championship following three earlier wins against Burundi (3-1), Somalia (2-0) and Eritrea (2-0).
This implies that Uganda Cranes top group A with 12 points and will face the group B second placed team (Tanzania).
The earlier result on Sunday witnessed a goal-less draw between Somalia and Eritrea. Eritrea finished second in group A and will battle group B leaders, Kenya during Tuesday’s semi-final.
Uganda Cranes Squad: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Paul Willa, Musitafa Mujuzi, John Revita, Paul Mbowa, Nicolas Kasozi (79′ Bright Aukani), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Karim Watambala, Joachim Ojera (66′ Ben Ocen), Joel Madondo, Viane Sekajugo (75′ Allan Okello)
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