By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Uganda Cranes kicked off their Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign with a goalless draw against arch-rivals and neighbours Rwanda on Monday night.
Paul Mbowa came close to giving Uganda Cranes the early lead at the Reunification Stadium in Doula, Cameroon, but his free kick missed the target by inches in the first minute.
In the seventh minute, Rwanda skipper Jacques Tuyisenge also got the chance to give his country the early lead but Cranes’ goalkeeper Charles Lukwago minute saved his shot.
Midfielder Milton Karisa was stretched off injured after only 11 minutes of play and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA FC) striker Brian Aheebwa replaced him. He would have his first attempt on goal after 23 minutes.
Both teams got more chances as the match progressed with Amavubi stars Muhadjiri Hakizimana hitting the woodwork in the 30th minute, and Cranes Joackim Ojera failed to tap in from close range in the 60th minute.
The match ended in a goalless stalemate.
In another fixture in Group C, defending champions Morocco beat Togo 1 – 0 and are now on the top of the table. Uganda Cranes next match will be against Friday, January 22, 2021 and they need to win it if they want to improve their chances of progressing to the next round of this tournament.