Rwanda 0-0 Uganda Cranes.
Uganda Cranes opened up the 2021 African Nations Championships campaign with disappointing result against Rwanda as both played to a goalless draw at stadia Reunification in Doula, Cameroon.
Going into this game Uganda Cranes looked to be favorite to win this encounter but Amavubi Stars put a spirited good performance as they created more of the clear cut chances in the whole game compared to Uganda despite the fact Cranes had most of ball possessions.
Rwanda’s Hakizimana hit the cross bar after dodging two opponents to shoot the ball out side the box which caught goalie Charles Lukwago off the line in 35th minute.
Again Rwanda’s captain, Jacques Tuyisenge could have hurt Cranes in 40′ as his effort hit the lower left post to denay Amavubi stars first goal.
As we went into second half which was more of less eventful as both countries looked to consolidate for a point in this East African Derby.
Earlier on Johnathan Mcknistry introduced in Brian Aheebwa for injured Milton Karisa in 14′.
But further made more two changes prior to kickoff of second half as Anaukani paved way for veteran Tonny Mawejje and Vianne Sekajugo paved way for Ben Ocen.
In group C match opener, Morocco the defending Champions started off the title defence on winning note as they squeezed a slim 1-0 against debutants Togo.
Uganda Cranes will return into action on against Togo on 22nd January 2021 at stadia Reunification as Rwanda will face Morocco in an early kickoff encounter.
Uganda Cranes XI. G.k Charles Lukwago, Paul Willa, Paul Mbowa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Aziz Kayondo, Kagimu Shafiq, Karim Watambala, Anukani Bright (Tonny Mawejje) Joackim Ojera, Milton Karisa (Brian Aheebwa), Vianne Sekajugo (Ben Ocen).
Unsed Substitutes. Joel Matakubwa, Nafian Alionzi, Boboosi Byaruhanga, Denis Iguma, Hassan Muhammad, Said Kyeyune, Ibrahim Orit, Shaban Muhammed, Eric Senjobe.