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Drab draw keeps Cranes in pole

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By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

Posted  Friday, January 17   2014 at  13:06

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Chan. Brace hero in the opener Yunus Sentamu was kept quiet, just like Francis Olaki, who started in place of Vincent Kayizzi before he was replaced by Simon Okwi late on.

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KAMPALA.

There were a number of talking points at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday but goals were not part.

There was an anecdote on a black jersey, colours the Cranes have not donned for as long as recent memory can permit; a man-of-the-man performance from Ugandan goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and Sunday League finishing from Zimbabwe.
We also saw a game that had a Cranes side soaking Warriors pressure and waiting to hit on the break and the latter pressing but with no cutting edge.

In the end it was a drab goalless draw, which had some spells empty enough to make space jealous.
Uganda, however, remain in a healthy position. Micho Sredojevic’s side stay top of Group B with four points and will still make their own history of making the last eight of the African Nations Championship (Chan) with a draw against Morocco in the pool’s last game on Monday.

The first cause of a frown amongst the audience came when Uganda emerged from the dressing rooms in black jerseys, an outfit hitherto donned by fans. The Cranes’ only known black jersey is that of short sleeved shirts - often worn in training.
Zimbabwe, the home team at the game, elected to don Cranes traditional yellow, leaving Uganda with the known options of red or white. But black instead sprouted, as if to signal the upcoming performance.

And the Cranes were fast on the ropes, Tawanda Muparati testing Ochan after several one-twos.
Ochan was also on hand to keep out Ali Sadiki, Simba Sithole and Danny Phiri, while the Warrrios were as culpable for some of the worst finishing.

Brace hero in the opener Yunus Sentamu was kept quiet, just like Francis Olaki, who started in place of Vincent Kayizzi before he was replaced by Simon Okwi late on.
That Uganda’s first shot on target came on 66 minutes when left back Isaac Muleme’s free kick was collected by Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova sums Cranes industry upfront.

Uganda substitutions: Brian Majwega (Joseph Mpande 45’), Julius Ntambi (Nicholas Wadada 67’) Francis Olaki (Simon Okwi 81’)

amwanguhya@ug.nationmedia.com

CHAN 2014 | LOGS
Group A
Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Africa 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 4
Mali 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
Nigeria 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 3
Mozambique 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0

Group B
Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uganda 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4
Zimbabwe 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Burkina Faso 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Group C
Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Libya 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
Ghana 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Congo 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
Ethiopia 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0

Group D
Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Congo DR 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Burundi 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Gabon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mauritania 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0