By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
The Uganda Cranes team landed at Entebbe international airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 338.
The delegation of Uganda Cranes players and officials were returning from a CHAN 2020 qualifier against Somalia in Djibouti and landed in the wee hours of early Monday morning. However, there was an hour’s delay from the expected time of arrival. All the members who had traveled returned with the rest of the contingent.
“We thank God for traveling well. We are now set for the return leg,” experienced center forward Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma said.
Uganda Cranes won Somalia 3-1 during the first leg played on a neutral venue at the Al Hajji Hassan Guled Stadium in Djibouti on Saturday. Patrick Henry Kaddu, Mustafa Kizza and Tadeo Lwanga put Uganda on top. Farhan Mohamed Ahmed pulled a goal back for Somalia towards the climax of the match played under soaring hot temperatures.
The team takes a day off on Monday before re-grouping for the Tuesday session at Lugogo in preparation for Saturday’s return leg. The winner on aggregate will qualify to the final stage of the qualifiers and will face the winner between Burundi and South Sudan.
Burundi beat South Sudan 2-0 in Bujumbura over the weekend.
The return leg will take place in Uganda (at Lugogo stadium) on Sunday, 4th July 2019.
CHAN 2020 championship will be hosted by Cameroon.