MATCH CENTRE

SAT 10 JUNE 2017, 19:30, PRAIA

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Sserunkuma downs Cape Verde in Praia

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Mon June 12, 08:29

A late second half goal from Geofrey Sserunkuma handed Uganda a 1-0 win over Cape Verde in their 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Group L qualifier on Sunday at Estádio da Várzea in Praia.

The victory takes the Cranes to the top of the group with three points from one match - their next match is against Tanzania in Kampala in March 2018.

The Blue Sharks were hoping to wrap up the proceedings on Saturday as the match was initially scheduled to take place on June 10.

However, technical problems in Dakar forced the Cranes to arrive late for the encounter and it was played on Sunday.

Cape Verde knew they had to fight for the full three points and get a goal in the early stages of the tie, but both sides were not clinical upfront.

Milutin Sredojevic's men were under sever attack in the 38th minute, but his defence stood firm to clear their lines.

There were no goals in the opening half and it was goalkeeper.

Uganda continued to probe for a crucial away goal and Faruku Miya saw his effort parried away over the cross bar by keeper Vozinha whose reflexes were vital in the 53rd minute.

With 17 minutes to go, the hosts intensified their search for a goal and were gifted a set piece, but their effort failed to trouble Onyango as it went over the cross bar.

However, with both sides seemingly settling for a draw, it was Sserunkuma's goal which separated the two nations in the 83rd minute, 1-0.

The dying minutes of the contest could not produce clear cut chances as Cape Verde remain at the bottom of the table with zero points.

However, coach Lucio Antunes will want to see an improvement from his troops when they meet Lesotho in March next year away in Maseru.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
CAPE VERDE UGANDA
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
18
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
19
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
23
Defender
12
Defender
3
15
Defender
14
Defender
5
Defender
22
Defender
2
Defender
4
Defender
4
Defender
18
Defender
14
Defender
2
Defender
20
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
9
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
21
10
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
20
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