By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Viane Ssekajugo and Stephen Mukwala were on target as Uganda beat former Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevićs Chipolopolo of Zambia 2 – 0 in a pre-Chan mini-tournament in Cameroon on Monday, January 4, 2020.
This follows the 1-1 draw between Uganda and hosts Cameroon last Friday. Uganda are using this build-up tournament to prepare for CHAN 2021 finals that officially kick off on January 16.
The Cranes scored the first goal in the 25th minute through Wakiso Giants forward Viane Ssekajugo, finishing off an Ibrahim Orit effort that had been saved by Zambian goalkeeper Charles Kalumba.
The Zambians could have gone into half time level but Zambian forward Paul Katema could only hit the post after beating Cranes goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi.
The Zambians had two more good chances to score after the break, a diving header by Zachairah Chilongosh and substitute Spencer Sautu’s shot 30 yards away that couldn’t make it to the back of the net.
Striker Stephen Mukwala, who finished off a Cranes attack the other end after dummying the Chipolopolo goalkeeper, put the game beyond Zambia’s reach in the 60th minute.
Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry made six changes in different intervals in the second half in an effort to give everyone some minutes to show what they can offer. The Cranes wrap up their build-up tourney with a clash against Niger on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Uganda will kick off the CHAN tournament on January 18, 2021 against neighbours Rwanda in Group C, other opponents in that group being Togo and defending champions Morocco.
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