UGANDA’s President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his satisfaction over last Saturday’s Uganda Cranes and Tanzania’s Taifa Stars 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers match results.
President Museveni said he supports both sides in their campaign for the 2019 AFCON finals and a barren draw at Mandela (Namboole) Stadium in Kampala pleased him ‘very’ much.
“I congratulate the Ugandans and also the Tanzanians for the good game which was played yesterday (Saturday) at Namboole. It was good but you (Uganda) had a draw. As you know, I am both Ugandan and Tanzanian, therefore this was very good for me,” he said.
Museveni unveiled his support for both national senior football sides in Kampala last Sunday, when addressing the nation on the murder of prominent Ugandan Police Officer, Mohammad Kirumira.
The late Kirumira was shot, as he drove to his home on the outskirts of the capital Kampala on Saturday evening together with his wife, a few miles from their home in Bulenga around 19 GMT.
However, the President said he knows that the Ugandans wanted to win against Tanzania, but for him, it was a much better results.
“For me all my countries won… Uganda won and Tanzania won,” Museveni said.
U g a n d a Cranes and the Taifa Stars played out to a goalless draw at Namboole in a match spoiled by heavy rains, which saw both sides missing a couple of scoring chances.
Taifa Stars good chances came through skipper, Mbwana Samatta, who nearly gave the visitors the match lead but was denied by the Cranes skipper, goalkeeper Denis Ony a n g o from a c l o s e r a n g e in a one aga ins t one situation with 20 minutes to play.
Another chance was squandered by Sudan’s Al Hilal striker, Thomas Ulimwengu, who failed to connect into the net a neat cross from Simon Msuva.
Joseph Ochaya missed the hosts’ best chance in the first half with striker Emmanuel Okwi missing in the second half after being well set by midfielder Moses Waiswa.
After the last weekend’s matches for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, Uganda are still top of group L with four points from two matches, while Lesotho who drew 1-1 with Cape Verde in Maseru last Sunday are second on two points from two matches same as Taifa Stars but are separated on superior goal difference. Cape Verde are bottom of the group on a point from two matches.
Meanwhile, when the Uganda Cranes take on Lesotho in a group L encounter in the AFCON 2019 qualifier at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, head coach Sebastien Desabre and his technical team will think of a new central defensive partnership.
The sad development accrues not because of injury, but, due to yellow card received by Simba SC defender Jjuuko Murshid in the goal-less home draw against East African rivals Tanzania.