Sentamu Brace Inspires Uganda To First CHAN Victory

Isaac Muleme gets to the ball ahead of Bassirou Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso
Isaac Muleme gets to the ball ahead of Bassirou Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso

MatchA Yunus Sentamu double helped Uganda beat West African giants Burkina Faso 2-1 in their opening 2014 African Nations Championship match at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday night.

This is Uganda’s first victory at the African showpiece.

Back then, Cranes did not only lose all three of their group matches, they also only managed to score one goal (2-1 against Gabon) in the entire championship hosted in Sudan.

The Cranes were full value for their victory at the Athlone Stadium, creating the better chances and controlling possession against a much younger and less experienced Burkina Faso side.

The latter’s line-up bore little resemblance to the one that made it to the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations this time last year, and their performance suggests they will battle in this competition.

Uganda took a surprise lead 15 minutes into the match. Sentamu collected the ball after a defensive error and rounded the keeper to score his first international goal.

Denis Iguma should have made it 2-0 to Uganda when he was put through on goal by Hassan Wasswa, but the Burkinabe goalkeeper Mohamed Kabore thwarted him in the one-on-one situation.

Burkina Faso had a chance to level just before the hour-mark, but Aboubacar Traoré fired over the top with the goal gaping.

The Cranes ended the half the strong team and finally extended the lead 18 minutes to end the second stanza, with Vipers FC forward Sentamu getting his second with an excellent finish as he turned home a cross from  substitute and fellow teenager Francis Olaki to make it 2-o.

Uganda looked more likely to add to their score advantage rather than concede in the remainder of the second half, and Burkina Faso’s  Mohamod Kabore was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Burkina Faso gave themselves hope when they pulled a goal back two minutes from time as substitute Cyrille Bayala bundled the ball home, but Uganda held on for what was a deserved victory and side go top group B after  Zimbabwe and Morocco game ended goalless.

 

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