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Cranes out to seal CHAN qualification

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Allan Okello against Burundi on the first leg in Bujumbura

CHAN 2020 Qualifiers

Second Round, return leg

Saturday, 4pm

Uganda vs Burundi, Lugogo

Uganda Cranes assistant coach Abdullah Mubiru has asked his charges to finish the job on the high as they host Burundi this Saturday at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.

The Cranes massively beat Burundi 3-0 in the first leg in Bujumbura three weeks ago to near 5th CHAN finals appearance.

Viane Sekajugo, Muzamir Mutyaba and Mustapha Kizza scored in Mubiru’s last game in charge as the interim Cranes head coach. The Police FC tactician has since been made the interim assistant to Jonathan Mckinstry after the Northern Ireland’s 35- year was unveiled Cranes head coach late last month for three years.

Mustapha Kizza celebrates his goal against Burundi in the first leg in Bujumbura (FUFA pic)

“We have a decent 3-goal lead but the game is yet over. They can score three goals like we scored away and we must not be complacent. We missed a lot of chances in the first leg and we must have won with a bigger margin. It is good that we create chances but we need to convert the chances and also try to decently defend like we did in Bujumbura,” noted Mubiru. In the first leg, Sekajugo gave Uganda lead in the 12th minute with his debut goal as the visitors took a 1-0 lead into half time.

Fahad Bayo missed a couple of chances before Muzamir Mutyaba got the second in the 83rd minute. Mubiru made changes with Allan Okello and Shafik Kagimu paving way for Bright Anukani and Mike Mutyaba respectively –with Mutyaba making a Cranes returned after five years.

Mustapha Kizza scored the third with two minutes to the final. Allan Kayiwa, goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa and teenage Abdul Karim Watambala were the three additions from the first leg while Muzamir Mutyaba misses the return leg injured.

Uganda needs to draw or avoid a 3-goal margin defeat to be one of the 16 nations to play in the 2020 finals in Cameroon while 3-goal defeat take the game to extra time.

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