The intermediate Cranes of Uganda have beaten Zambia 2#0, in a pre_CHAN tournament ongoing in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry named a completely different starting XI from the one that faced Cameroon on new year’s day.
Uganda dominated play in the first quarter of the game, but failed to pose any threat to goalkeeper Charles Kalumba of the Chipolopolo.
URA FC goalie, Alionzi Nafian Legason made a superb save 20 minutes into the game to deny Emmanuel Chabula from putting Zambia in front.
Continuous pressure from the Cranes paid off at the 24th minute, when Ssekajugo Viane capitalized on a howler from Goalkeeper Charles Kalumba, to slot the ball to the back of the net.
Zambia’s Bruce Musakanya was the first to booked by referee Nkamba Drid, before Goalkeeper Charles Kalumba made some good saves late on, to prevent the Cranes from extending their lead.
Emmanuel Chabula wasted a glorious chance to draw the game level before the break, as he hit the woodwork, after haven completely eliminated Goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian.
Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic made three substitutions before the restart, with Friday Samu, Benson Sakala and Spencer Sautu coming in to replace Moses Phiri, Kelvin Kapumbu and Collins Sikombe respectively.
On the other hand, Johnathan McKinstry brought in Kagimu Shafik and Ssenyonjo Hassan for Mawejje Tonny and Byaruhanga Bobosi respectively.
The Chipolopolos multiplied several onslaughts earlier in the second segment, but goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian stood his grounds. The Cranes looked sharp on counter attacks and at the 63rd minute, Mukwala Steven’s well worked efforts down the left hand side, deflected off Goalkeeper Charles Kalumba and found the back of the net, to put Uganda two goals up.
Cranes goalie Alionzi Nafian, received a yellow card late on for time wasting.
All attempts from the Chipolopolo for get a consolation, were thwarted away by a resolute Ugandan side. Uganda therefore picks up their first win of the pre_CHAN tournament, after previously playing a one all tie with Cameroon. They will next face Niger.