Uganda Cranes convincingly overcame Rwanda Amavubi Stars 3-0 during the 2018 Total CHAN first leg qualifier at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday.
Midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba scored a brace in the 14th and 25th minutes before Derrick Nsibambi’s second half goal to give the interim coaches Fred Kajoba and Moses Basena a great start to the job.
Mutyaba’s first goal was a well converted kick from the penalty mark after a foul on Derrick Nsibambi by defender Aimable Nsabimana
Midfielder Tom Masiko replaced captain Bernard Muwanga as the second half kicked off.
Hard working right back Nico Wakiro Wadada took over the captaincy when Muwanga was replaced.
The other changes for the Uganda Cranes witnessed the two-goal hero Mutyaba pave way for Paul Mucureezi and Muhammed Shaban replaced Moses Waiswa.
It is an advantage for the Uganda Cranes ahead of the return leg at Kigali regional stadium on 19th August 2017.
The overall winner on aggregate will book a berth to the final tournament in Kenya, in January 2018.
TEAM LINE UPS:
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
Interim Coaches: Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba (Uganda)
RWANDA XI: Marcel Nzarora (G.K), Eric Iradukunda, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Aimable Rucogoza, Aimable Nsabimana, Thierry Manzi, Yannick Mukunzi, Seif Olivier Niyonzima (69’ Kevin Muhire), Djihad Bizimana, Dominique Savio Nshuti, Barnabe Mubumbyi (52’ Abeddy Biramahire)
Subs Not Used: Yve Kimenyi (G.K), Soter Kayumba, Latif Bishira, Jean Marie Vianney Muvandimwe, Amran Nshimiyimana
Head coach: Antoine Hey (German)
Center Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
1st Assistant Referee: Gustave Baguma (Burundi)
2nd Assistant Referee: Willy Habimana (Burundi)
4th Official: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
Match Commissioner: Mohamed Omar Abubaker Yusuf (Kenya)