East African derby ends in goalless stalemate

East African derby ends in goalless stalemate
Murushid Juuko of Uganda 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

Saturday Sep 08, 2018. 17:33

Uganda and Tanzania played out a goalless draw in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group L qualifier at the Mandela National Stadium in Kira on Saturday afternoon.

On a sodden pitch, the two East African rivals struggled to produce their top form and played out a stalemate which leaves the Cranes at the top of the pool on four points, while the Taifa Stars move to second with two points.

The other Group L match between Lesotho and Cape Verde will be played in Maseru on Sunday.

Uganda started strongly and had the first clear chance of the game 16 minutes in, with Emmanuel Okwi sending a low shot just wide of the mark.

The Cranes continued to boss the game through the first half and should have gone ahead five minutes before the interval when Joseph Ochaya missed out on a great chance where he had only the Tanzanian goalkeeper to beat.

The second half saw Tanzania up their game, though Okwi had another good chance when he was picked out from a free kick on the hour mark – he again failed to trouble the hosts’ goal-minder.

The Taifa Stars then created the best chance of the match in the 70th minute as they put Mbwana Samatta in on goal, but Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango produced a brilliant double save to keep the score line blank.

Four minutes later Onyango was called into action again, keeping out an effort from Thomas Ulimengu after great work from Saimon Msuva down the right wing.

The teams will return to 2019 AFCON qualifying action in a month’s time, with Tanzania away to Cape Verde and Uganda at home to Lesotho.

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