Uganda, Rwanda in CHAN qualifying showdown

Uganda, Rwanda in CHAN qualifying showdown
Faruku Miya of Uganda wins header against Lassana Coulibaly of Mali during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Uganda and Mali at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 09:00

Uganda and Rwanda will meet for the first leg of their Central-East Zone, third round qualifier for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday afternoon.

The teams will clash at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kampala, with kick-off set for 15h00 CAT.

Uganda, who recently lost highly regarded coach Milutin Sredojevic over the issue of unpaid wages, reached this stage of the competition thanks to a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win over South Sudan in the previous round.

The Cranes held their opponents goalless in the first leg in Juba, before running away with a 5-1 win in the return match in Kampala, with Paul Mucureezi scoring a quartet of goals.

Rwanda, by contrast, had a much tougher ride: they drew 1-1 on aggregate with Tanzania, but progressed on away goals. Savio Nshuti’s strike in the first leg in Mwanza proved to be the difference between the teams.

Uganda and Rwanda have been regular combatants down the years, meeting in 30 official international matches according to FIFA’s statistics. The Cranes have claimed 12 wins compared to eight for Amavubi (the Wasps), while 10 matches have been draws.

The teams’ last met in November 2013 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Kenya, with Uganda claiming a 1-0 win. Rwanda’s last win over the Cranes was way back in December 2007.

The return leg of this third round tie will be held at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali next Saturday (August 19). The referee for the match in Kampala is Pacifique Ndabihawenimana from Burundi.

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