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Pre CHAN Tournament: Sekajugo, Mukwala on target to hand Uganda victory over Zambia

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The smallest men on the pitch Vianne Sekajugo and Steven Mukwala proved lethal with the ball as Uganda dominated Zambia to win 2-0 in their second match of the Pre CHAN Mini Tournament at Annex 1-Omnisports- in Yaounde, Cameroon

Uganda Cranes XI that started against Zambia today in Cameroon
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 levles of professionalism and sportsmanship spirit. It ended Uganda 2-0 Zambi

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.

Vianne Sekajugo taking on his opponent
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. 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.
Skipper Halid Lwaliwa with his counterpart Adrian Chama line up for the traditional photo moment with match officials before kick off
Paul Willa was extremely alert during the game.
Tonny Mawejje, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Said Kyeyune controlled the midfield
Saidi Kyeyune controlled the midfield
Experienced Tonny Mawejje showed his class against Zambia just like he did on New Year’s in the mathc with Cameroon.

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

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.

Uganda XI – Alionzi Nafian (GK), Ssenjobe Eric, Willa Paul, Hassan Muhammad, Lwaliwa Halid (Capt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (out), Mawejje Tonny (Out), Kyeyune Saidi(Out), Ssekajugo Vianne (Out), Orit Ibrahim(Out) and Mukwala Steven (Out).

Substitutes – Joel Mutakubwa, Tom Ikara, Aziz Kayondo, Ashraf Mandela, Musitafa Mujuzi, Hassan Muhammad, Shafik Kagimu (In), Karim Watambala (In), Hassan Ssenyonjo (In), Ben Ocen (In), Joseph Ssemujju (In), Milton Karisa, Mohamed Shaban (In)

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

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