By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda Cranes has ended the AFCON 2021 qualifiers in grief after being ousted by Malawi at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantrye at 1-0 goal.
Richard Mbulu’s diving header past goalkeeper Denis Onyango put Malawi ahead by the opening quarter an hour of the game.
The goal arrived after Robin Ngalande released roving right back Stanley Sanudi who executed the cross from the right for Mbulu to head home off a diving effort in the 15th minute.
The visitors lost defender Brian Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu through injury and his place was taken by the Uganda U-20 captain Garvin Kizito Mugweri towards the end of the opening half.
It is Kizito’s debut on the senior team as another 45minutes await Uganda Cranes to make amends or get eliminated at the expense of Malawi who last qualified for the AFCON finals in 2010.
Team Line Ups:
Malawi XI: Earnest Kakhobwe, Stanley Sanudi, Charles Petro, Richard Mbulu, Alfred Manyozo Junior, Precious Sambani, Peter Banda, Robin Ngalande, John Banda, Revison Maganizo, Mzava Limbaikani
Subs: Brighton Munthali, Peter Cholopi, Denis Chembezi, Chikoti Chirwa, Vincent Nyasulu, Chimwemwe Idana, Frank Gabadihno, Rafiq Namwera, Kaira Chimango, Francisco Madinga, Mhone Micium.
Head coach: Meke Mwase
Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (Goalkeeper & Captain), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Ronald Mukiibi, Murushid Juuko, Mike Azira, Moses Waiswa, Ibrahim Orit, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Mustafa Kizza
Subs: Salim Jamal (G.K), Charles Lukwago (G.K), Tadeo Lwanga, William Luwagga Kizito, Daniel Isiagi Opolot, Garvin Kizito Mugweri, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Allan Kyambadde, Abdul Lumala, Allan Okello
Head coach: Abdallah Mubiru