Cranes lose 1-0 to Burkina Faso


A hard fighting Uganda Cranes lost 1-0 to West Africans, Burkina Faso at the Stade De 4-Aout in a group D AFCON 2017 qualifier on Saturday night.

Jonathan Pitriopa converted a 59th minute penalty awarded by Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha.

Earlier William Luwagga Kizito had a chance in the 16th minute but slid at a crucial moment for Uganda’s opening corner of the day.

Ochaya then chipped a perfectly weighted ball for team captain, Geofrey Massa but his powerfully headed attempt into the net was denied for an off-side decision.

Midfielder Tonny Mawejje tested goalkeeper Dauda Diakite from distance as the game grew older.

Second half substitute, Emmanuel Okwi was fouled deep in the area as injury time neared a climax but the referee waved play on.

The two countries face off at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium on Tuesday night.

Burkina fly charter to Uganda on Sunday, Uganda Cranes will travel by Ethiopian Airlines and are expected at Entebbe International Airporton Monday by 1 p.m.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Burkina Faso:

Denis Onyango (G.K), Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Juuko, Isaac Isinde,Tonny Mawejje, William Luwagga Kizito, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya, Geofrey Massa, Godfrey Walusimbi


Godfrey Walusimbi Off, Emmanuel Okwi On

Khalid Aucho Off, Hamis Kizza On

William Luwagga Kizito Off, Moses Oloya On

Subs Not Used:

Robert Odongkara (G.K), Mike Azira, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Timothy Awani

Match Officials:

Match Referee:  (Egypt)

Assistant Referee 1: Tahssen Abo El Sadat Bedyer (Egypt)

Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Taha Hossam (Egypt)

Reserve Referee: Mahmoud Zakria El Banna (Egypt)

Commissioner: Jammeh E.K Bojang (Gambia)

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