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Pre_CHAN: 🇺🇬🇳🇪 Uganda reigns supreme over lacklustre Niger

Uganda's cranes have beaten the Mena of Niger 3#0 in their last game of a pre_CHAN tournament in yaounde.

A first half brace from Karisa Milton and a goal from Kyeyune Saidi, means Johnathan McKinstry’s Cranes end the pre_CHAN tournament unbeaten.

It took just three first half minutes for the cranes to open scores , when Karisa Milton capitalized on defensive error from the Mena, to punish Goalkeeper Issaka Koussou.

Uganda kept the pressure and Ojera Joachiam’s cross from the right flang at the fifth minute, could not be connected to the back of the net.

10 minutes on, Karisa Milton led a quick breakaway and connected well with Kyeyune Saidi who made it 2#0 for the cranes. Three minutes later, Ojera Joachiam linked up again with Karisa Milton, who completed his brace and put Uganda three goals up.

Niger made three early substitutions, with Seyni Razak, Boubacar Ibrahim and Soumaila Badamassi coming in, while Adopo Modeste, Oumarou Boubacar and Halidou Idrissa going out.

The closest Niger came in the first half, was when Moussa Issa’s acrobatic drive nearly send Goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa colliding to his goal post.

The Cranes took a three goal lead to the break.

Niger looked promising in the second segment, with several scoring chances created, which they however failed to concretize.

Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry, brought in fresh legs in Mawejje Tonny and Ocen Ben, while Kagimu Shafik and Ssekajugo Viane were taken off.

All attempts from the Mena to get a consolation failed, as the cranes stayed solid at the back.

The latest victory means Uganda finish the pre_CHAN tournament with seven points, with wins over Niger and Zambia and a draw against Cameroon.

Johnathan McKinstry and his boys will leave Yaoundé on Friday for Douala, where they will continue preparations.

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Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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