AFCON U23: Late Kizza penalty breaks resilient South Sudan

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA 

Uganda Kobs 1-0 South Sudan

A stoppage time Mustafa Kizza penalty gave Uganda Kobs a first leg advantage over their South Sudanese counterparts at Lugogo.

The full 90 minutes had seen both sides failing to find the back of the net until South Sudan’s onrushing goalkeeper Ramadan John brought down Steven Mukwala inside the box.

Steven Mukwala won a penalty for Uganda (Fufa media)

The KCCA left wing back flawlessly converted from 12 yards to send the Ugandan fans into a bouncing frenzy.

The earlier events in the second stanza had seen the visiting side create a number of chances to frustrate the desperate Ugandan team. Mbarara City’s Wol Makweth, Daniel Samuel and substitute Michael Taku Peter had opportunities to find the net for South Sudan.

Joel Madondo battles with South Sudan’s Pal Poul Puk (Fufa Media) 

On the other end of the pitch, the Kobs through a host of crosses couldn’t beat a well organized South Sudanese defence marshalled by the Kariobangi Sharks kingpin John Kuol Chol.

Wasswa Bbosa brought on Joseph Semujju for skipper Mustafa Mujuzi and later Duncan Seninde for a timid Joel Madondo in a bid to break the deadlock.

Allan Okello orchestrated attacks for the Uganda Kobs (Fufa Media) 

Mukwala, Allan Okello and Lawrence Bukenya tried their luck to find the elusive goal but their respective efforts were futile.

The slender 1-0 victory gives Uganda an advantage ahead of the second leg scheduled for Tuesday 20th November in Juba.

The aggregate winner between the two sides will automatically face Tunisia in the final Qualification round.

Uganda Kobs first eleven (Fufa Media)

Uganda Kobs XI
Said Keni, Mustafa Mujuzi, Mustafa Kizza, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Lawrence Bukenya, Julius Poloto, Allan Okello, Shafik Kagimu, Steven Mukwala, Joel Madondo

Subs
Tom Ikara, Rashid Toha, David Owori, Ronald Kigongo, Duncan Seninde, Joseph Semujju, Trevor Semakula

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