TOTAL CHAN 2018: Uganda fall to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Zambia

Cranes captain Bernard Muwanga lurks on the ground after being beaten by a Zambian forward (CAF media)

By: Daniel Nsubuga

Uganda’s opening match woes continued today as they fell to a demoralizing 3-1 loss to perennial nemesis Zambia.

The Cranes started as the brighter side with some swift moves especially from Milton Karisa’s wing but their possession did not bare any fruit.

Allan Kyambadde, Taddeo Lwanga and Derrick Nsibambi were all guilty of wasting early chances for the cranes.

The cranes were made to pay for their profligacy in the 32nd minute when Timothy Awanyi and Bernard Muwanga were caught off guard by Lazarus Kambole to put the Zambians in an unlikely lead.

Two minutes later, Derrick Nsibambi equalised matters for the Cranes from a perfectly delivered cross by Milton Karisa with a delightful scissors kick.

The cranes did not make good use of their numerous set piece opportunities

Nsibambi’s strike was enough to send the cranes with their heads held high to the break

Zambia’s Wedson Nyirenda made an instant substitution with the introduction of Friday Samu for an injured Ngonga in the 54th minute.

10 minutes later, the Cranes defence were again caught off guard and Augustine Mulenga finished off a well knit move to restore Zambia’s lead.

Sebastian Desabre introduced Moses Waiswa for the ineffective Muzamir Mutyaba in the 65th minute, and later on Mohammed Shaban made way for Saddam Juma.

As the Cranes chased the equaliser, Benjamin Ochan had other ideas, his lack of concentration gifted the Zambians a 3rd goal as he failed to deal with a deflected free kick and he dropped the ball past his line.

Midfielder Sadam Juma tries to pull some strings at the center but with less impact

At this point in time the game had gone beyond reach for the Cranes despite Desabre’s optimism of introducing Nelson Senkantuka for Allan Kyambadde in the late minutes.

That’s how the game ended 3-1 but the result did not depict what really transpired on the pitch.

The Cranes will now have to negotiate their next game which is a date with Namibia who beat Ivory Coast in their group B opener.

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