Despite finishing with ten men, Uganda Hippos fought gallantly to earn a point and the away goal in the one all draw with Rwanda during the first leg of the CAF U-20 qualifier on Saturday.
Striker Blaise Itangaishaka gave the visitors the lead in the 18th minute off a well executed header from skipper Savio Nshuti’s cross on the left flank.
Goal poacher, Edrisa Lubega made amends in the 33rd minute with a calm finish after Umaru Mukobe’s long diagonal ball from the right.
Uganda was reduced to 10 men in the 67th minute when goalkeeper Keni Saidi was red carded for handling a ball way out of the goal area.
Uganda Hippos technical bench and the substitutes during the singing of the national anthems prior to the start of the game at the Kigali Regional Stadium, Nyamirambo
Yasin Mugume was taken off to pave way for another goalkeeper, James Ahebwa as a consquence as the Hippos endured by fighting to the end.
The return leg will take place in Kampala on the 23rd April 2016.
A section at the Kigali Stadium where passionate fans from Uganda cheered aloud every move
Uganda Hippos XI:
Keni Saidi (67’ Red Carded), Umaru Mukobe, Hassan Musana, Geofrey Waswa, Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), Daniel Shabena , Nicolas Kagaba (56’ Joseph Ssemujju), Julius Poloto (88’ Alfred Leku), Edrisa Lubega, Emma Olinga, Yasin Mugume (68’ James Ahebwa – Goalkeeper)
Subs Not Used:
Shafiq Kagimu, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Azake Luboyera, Martin Kizza
Jimmy Nzeyurwanda (G.K), Ewing Ndagyimana (Patrick Ndikumana), Aman Niyonkuru, Ange Mutsinzi, Arafat Sibomana, Salum Yamini (77’ Innocent Nshuti), Jabel Manishiwe, Kevin Muhire, Abeddy Biramahire, Blaise Itangaishaka, Savio Nshuti Dominique
Subs Not Used:
Bonheur Hategekimana (G.K), Ilias Rucogoza, Janvier Bonane, Fred Ngabo Mucyco, Claude Ishimwe