Saturday, 13 July 2013

Tanzania 0 Uganda Cranes 1

CHAN: Tanzania  0  Uganda Cranes 1 
gumas goal was enough to hand Uganda a slender win over neighbours 
Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. 
 2014 Africa Nations Championship Qualifier
Tanzania 0  Uganda 1 (Iguma 48')
UGANDA Cranes home-based side took a significant step towards qualifying for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship in South Africa after defeating neighbours Tanzania at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
Dennis Iguma’s solitary strike early into the second half was enough to hand Uganda the win in the first leg played in sweltering conditions in Dar es Salaam. The SVCU defender was on hand to pounce and score his first senior international goal after some excellent play from substitute Frank Kalanda.
The URA midfielder controlled a mishit cross and was composed enough to pick out Iguma after Saidi Kyeyune’s dummy put the hosts’ defence off. Iguma coolly slotted home past Juma Kaseja from close range to silence the home crowd.
The win was a satisfying reward for Cranes who started the match on the backfoot and struggled to contain the physical prowess of the Tanzanians who were camped in Uganda's half for the majority of the first half.
Coach Micho Sredejovic’s plans were shredded as early as the 10th minute when striker Tonny Odur sustained a suspected groin injury forcing him to introduce Kalanda.
Forwards Mrisho Ngasa and John Bocco were a constant threat all afternoon and the pair looked the most likely source of a goal for Tanzania.
But the Cranes defense marshalled by Nicholas Wadada, Savio Kabugo, Richard Kasaga and Iguma with support from Hassan Wasswa remained disciplined to repel wave after wave of the hosts’ attacks.
There however was a scare when goalkeeper Hamza Muwonge went down injured after falling awkwardly while collecting a cross and he required lengthy treatment on the pitch to resume play.
The hosts intensified their search for an equaliser and won numerous free kicks in promising positions but failed to trouble Muwonge in goal.
The sight of the fourth official signalling a minimum of five added minutes at the end of the 90 led to some anxious faces from the Cranes technical bench but they were not to be denied the hard fought victory.
All the Cranes need now is to avoid defeat in the return leg in Kampala in a fortnight’s time to book their second appearance at the biennial tournament.
CRANES: Hamza Muwonge, Waswa Hassan, Majwega Brian, Nicholas Wadada, Kabugo Savio, Kasaga Richard, Iguma Dennis, Said Kyeyune, Joseph Mpande, Edema Patrick (Ivan Ntege), Odur Tonny (Frank Kalanda).

TANZANIA: Juma Kaseja, Nyonyi Erasto Edward, Kapombe Shamari Salum, Ambrose Aggrey Morris, Patrick Kevin Yondan, Damayo Frank Raymond, Ramadhan Amri Kiemba, Salum Salum Abubaker, Bocco John Rapheal, Mwitula Mwinyi Kazimoto, Ngasa Mrisho Alfani