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Uganda turn focus to Ivory Coast after beating Senegal

Chan Algeria 2022 

Wednesday result

Senegal 0-1 Uganda

Uganda Cranes edged closer to qualifying for the 2022 African Nations Championship (Chan) quarterfinals for the first time ever after beating 10-man Senegal 1-0 on Wednesday.

Skipper and Uganda Premier League (UPL) club, Vipers, winger Milton Karisa scored the lone goal in the Algerian port city of Annaba.

The victory saw Uganda top Group B on four points from two matches, meaning that even a draw with Ivory Coast on Sunday will see the Cranes progress.

Senegal, DRC and Ivory Coast – the latter two drew goalless – are on three, two and one points respectively.

This is only Uganda’s second victory at the biennial Championship, with the first, a 2-1 win Burkina Faso, coming at the 2014 edition in South Africa.

The players, all of whom play their club football in the UPL, endured heavy rains and extremely cold conditions to produce the much needed win.

Senegal enjoyed more of the ball with more probing but the Ugandan defence was resolute in keeping them out.

An early miscommunication between defender Geoffrey Wasswa and goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi nearly gifted Senegal the lead after the latter held a back pass.

But impeccable Alionzi dealt with the resultant indirect free kick superbly.

Moments later, Senegal were awarded a penalty. Again, Alionzi saved Cheikh Sidibe’s effort from the spot.

And against the run of play, Uganda went ahead when the Senegalese failed to successfully deal with Moses Waiswa’s corner.

Instead, their clearance fell into Kenneth Ssemakula’s path and the SC Villa defender-cum-midfielder’s cross from the left was beautifully turned in by Karisa for a 1-0 lead on 33 minutes.

Cranes Micho Sredojevic introduced Karim Watambala, Titus Ssematimba, Moses Aliro, Hillary Mukundane and Travis Mutyaba in different intervals after the break to try and keep some freshness in the team.

The Senegalese never relented, throwing bodies in attack but the Cranes held firm.

Senegal’s spirits were broken when they were reduced to 10 men some seven minutes from full time when substitute Libasse Ngom was sent off for a nasty tackle on Watambala.

 

 

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