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Uganda, DR Congo in non-scoring group A duel | CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup

CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup 2021: Group A

  • Sunday, 18th July 2021: Uganda 0-0 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Uganda earned a valuable point during the goal-less group A contest of the CECAFA U-23 Challenge cup with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Bahir Dar International Stadium on Sunday.

The physical duel that kicked off at lunch time witnessed either side create several goal scoring opportunities but to no avail as the backlines remained solid throughout.

Uganda came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening stanza but forward Derrick Kakooza tapped wide a delivery from captain Enock Walusimbi.

Julius Poloto breaks away from Henock Mangindula

Earlier in the first half, Steven Sserwadda limped out for Bright Anukani.

There were a couple of changes made as the second half progressed. Kakooza and Steven Mukwala paved way for Najib Yiga and Samuel Ssenyonjo respectively on the hour hour.

With 15 minutes to play, another double change witnessed the introduction of Abdallah Salim and Sadam Masereka for Julius Poloto and Karim Watambala respectively.

Enock Walusimbi and DRC Captain Ntambwe Kalonji Magloire with the match officials

Uganda’s head coach Morley Byekwaso described the result as fair but castigated the frontline for not scoring.

‘I have to thank the players for the point and the brave display. We failed to finish and take away the chances created. DR Congo players are well built and physical. We need to go back to the drawing board as we plan for the next match’ Byekwaso told the post match press conference.

There is plenty of time for recovery and planning ahead of the second group game for the two side next Sunday against Tanzania.

DR Congo goalkeeper Brudel Efong Liyongo jumps high to collect a high ball from the head of Peter Magambo
Rogers Byamukama, the leader of delegation following the proceedings of the match in the VVIP wing

Officials:

Leader of Delegation: Rogers Byamukama

Head Coach: Morley Byekwaso

Assistant Coach: Simeon Massa

Goalkeeping coach: Steven Billy Kiggundu

Team Manager: Bashir mutyaba

Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago

Kitsman: Samuel Mulondo

Media Officer: Lawrence Bwanika

FUFA Delegate: Isa Musiiwa

FUFA Staff: Edward Kalungi

  • Group A: Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Group B: Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea
  • Group C: Djibouti, South Sudan, Kenya

Sunday, 25th July 2021: Uganda Vs Tanzania (4 PM)

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