Watenga keeps clean sheet as Uganda thrash Rwanda 3-0

CHAN 2018 final qualifier
First leg
Uganda 3-0 Rwanda
St Mary’s stadium

Vipers sports club and Uganda Cranes goal-keeper Ismail Watenga kept a clean sheet as the Cranes posted a 3-0 comfortable win over Amavubi Stars to take advantage ahead of the return leg.

The Cranes custodian , enjoying a third straight start in this qualifying campaign,put up a good display in the entire game.

Watenga was barely tested as no attempt was made at his goal in the opening half hour.

Except for one ball that he was forced to punch out into a corner from a set piece.

He was neither tested nor kept busy by the Amavubi stars whose efforts to look for at least a consolation goal were frustrated every now and then.

‘ We entered the game very cautious not to let in any goal,we tried to avoid unnecessary mistakes in the defense.

‘We worked hard and managed to win the game at home,’ Watenga said.

He was booked for time wasting but still had little to worry about for most parts of the second half.

The opponents were kept under control by Savio Kabugo and Musamali Paul who made timely clearances where it mattered most.

No direct shot was attempted from the visitors except the free kicks but were also well dealt with.

The Venoms shot stopper kept a clean sheet in Juba before letting in one goal in Uganda Cranes 5-1 win over South Sudan at Lugogo in the second qualifying round.

The home team opened the score in the 14th minute through Muzamiru Mutyaba’s penalty.He doubled the lead ten minutes later before Derrick Nsibambi slotted the third in the six minutes into the second half.

Milton Karisa provided the assists for the second and third goal and also put up a man of the match performance at the St Mary’s stadium.

Vipers’ pair of Nico Wadada and Tom Masiko also had a good day in office despite the latter being played in an unusual position when he came off the bench.

Deus Bukenya and Erisa Ssekisambu were unused substitutes while youthful midfielder Frank Tumwesigye didn’t make the final 18.

Uganda will travel to Rwanda next week for the return leg at the Nyamirambo stadium.The winner will qualify for the final CHAN 2018 tournament that will be hosted by Kenya.

Uganda cranes XI:
Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Savio Kabugo, Bernard Muwanga (45’ Tom Masiko), Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa (80’ Muhammed Shaban), Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru Mutyaba (60’ Paul Mucureezi), Shafiq Kagimu

Subs Not Used:
Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Rashid Toha, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Ssekisambu

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