10-man Uganda Cranes tactifully snatched a draw against Mali in the 2022FIFA World Qualifier match played at St. Mary’s Stadium – Kitende this afternoon.
From a goalless draw against Harambe Stars of Kenya last week, The Cranes found themselves on the edge after Express FC defender, defender Murushid Juuko was shown a second yellow card in 65th minute for elbowing Ibrahima Kone.
Milutin Sredojevic ‘Micho’ subsequently brought on KCCA FC newly signed right back Innocent Wafula for captain Emmanuel Okwi while Mustafa Kizza was brought on toreplace Joseph Ochaya.
Wafula took up the right back slot while Dennis Iguma shifted to the central defense
The Les Aigles The Eagles) seemed hungrier for victory and dominated the match while Uganda Cranes opted to sit back to defend for a point.
Mali nearly broke the deadlock at the stroke of halftime through Moussa Doumbia but his shot from outside the box went a few inches above the goal frame.
The Eagles pushed for a winner but couldn’t find a breakthrough thus settled for a point.
From 2 matches played so far, Mali leads Group E table with 4 points, Uganda and Kenya on 2 points, while Rwanda is at the bottom with a point.
Uganda Cranes XI; Isima Watenga, Denis Iguma, Isaac Muleme, Enock Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Milton Karisa, Emmanuel Okwi ©, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Ochaya
Subs: Charles Lukwago, Joel Mutakubwa, Innocent Wafula, Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Aziizi Kayondo, Ibrahim Orit, Richard Basangwa, Steven Mukwala, Yunus Sentamu, Mustafa Kizza, Moses Waiswa, Kenneth Semakula
Mali XI; Bosso Mounkoro, Kiki Kouyate, Falaye Sacko, Charles Traore, Hamari Traore, Mohamed Camara, Diadie Samassekou, Amadou Haidara, Adama Traore. Malouda, Moussa Doumbia, Ibrahima Kone.
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