It was all excitement in the Rwandese capital of Kigali on Saturday as Uganda Cranes qualified for the 2018 Total CHAN Championship tournament.
Although the Uganda Cranes lost 2-0 on the day, they qualified 3-2 on aggregate having won 3-0 in the first leg.
Yannick Munkunzi and Thierry Manzi scored in the first half of the return leg to create a tense finish to the game.
This will be Uganda Cranes’ 4th time to play at the biennial tournament.
Uganda played in Sudan (2011), South Africa (2014) and lately Rwanda (in 2016).
Hundreds of Ugandans attended the match played at Stade De Kigali in Nyamirambo.
Team line ups:
Uganda Cranes XI: Isma Bin Abdul Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Dennis Awany, Paul Musamali, Benard Muwanga (Captain), Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi, Shafik Kagimu
Subs: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Deus Bukenya, Tom Masiko, Simon Peter Sserunkuma, Martin Kizza, Paul Mucureezi, Erisa Ssekisambu
Interim Coaches: Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba (Uganda)
Rwanda Amavubi Stars XI: Eric Ndayishimye (G.K, Captain), Thierry Manzi, Aimable Nsabimana, Soter Kayumba, Eric Iradukunda, Djihad Bizimana, Yannick Mukunzi, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Kevin Muhire, Abeddy Biramahire, Savio Dominique Nshuti
Subs: Marcel Nzarora (G.K), Ange Mutsinzi, Vianney J.M Muwandimwe, Olivier Niyonzima, Amran Nshimyimana, Gilbert Mugisha, Innocent Nshuti
Head coach: Antoine Hey (Germany)
Center Referee: Alamen Hafiz Abdelghani (Sudan)
1st Assistant Referee: Ahmed Haitham Elhour (Sudan)
2nd Assistant Referee: Omer Hamid Mohamed Ahmed (Sudan)
4th Official: Mohamed El Treefe Elsiddig (Sudan)
Match Commissioner: James Mwenda Leonard (Malawi)