By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Both Amavubis of Rwanda and Cranes of Mena have backed home a point each in their first game for the African Nations Championship in Cameroon.
Coach Mashami Vincent of Rwanda and boys failed to beat former coach of Rwanda, Jonathan McKinstry in a game played at the Reunification Stadium in Douala Monday January 18, 2021
It ended 0#0 for both sides sharing a point each as they leave the field to play
Uganda started the game being very enthusiastic to secure all three points. The both sides with much strength took the early start of the game to balance up, study their opponents and settle on a level ground.
A game of strength being the case for both sides, a counter attack within seven minutes of play was launched by the Amavubis of Rwanda which eloped to a hard shot but the waiting hands of goalkeeper Charles Lukwago held it hostage.
Ojera Joackim of Uganda known for his impressive ball possession and counter spirit maintained his course in search of the back of the net.
Due to a fowl on Milton Karisa, coach Jonathan McKinstry of Uganda immediately substituted him for Brian Aheebwa
Rwanda was awarded a corner kick 20minutes of the first half. It seemed to be a promising one for the Amavubis, as usual poor finishing from captain Tuyisenge Jacques sent it away from the goal post.
The Cranes of Uganda then took the lead in ball possession finding a drive through, an already considered first goal by fans from Brian Aheebwa was deflected to a corner kick.
“Amavubi and Cranes encounter is certainly the best game played in group C”. Muhadjiri Hakizimana in conformity with the above assertion brought in a swift dribbling move from the median to some inches of the Uganda’s post sent a long one, hitting the cross bar and heads out of the green turf
A golden opportunity showed up for Rwanda, poor finishing and barren goals in the tournament once more caught Tuyisenge Jacques sending a scoring kick to the side the post
Rwanda 0#0 Uganda
It became tougher for both sides in the second segment. Possession became equalised.
Muhadjiri from a free-kick tried to put smiles on the faces of fans of the Amavubis, goalkeeper Charles Lukwago stood his grounds maintaining a clean sheet for his side.
Rwanda created more scoring opportunities in free kicks all to no avail.
Paul Willa of Uganda given a yellow card
Rwanda Kalisa Rashid out for Eric Nsabimana and Jean Bertrand gave way for Dany Usengimana, Muhadjiri Hakizimana removed in favour of Djabel Manishimwe
Dany Usengimana yellow card for a fowl against Brian Aheebwa of Uganda
The three minutes of additional time gave Rwanda an opportunity to change the scoreboard. But 0#0 was what favoured both sides.
Rwanda 0#0 Uganda
Morocco will face Rwanda in the next game of group C at 5:00pm while Uganda wilk take on Togo, same day later in the evening.
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