Uganda Cranes striker Danny Sserunkuma announced his return to the international scene with a goal as Uganda downed Rwanda 1 – 0 in the two teams’ Cecafa Senior Challenge opener on Friday at Nyayo National Stadium.
The match had a dull start but grew livelier as it progressed with the first real chance being created in the 19th minute by Uganda. Right back Nicholas Wadada raced well on the flank to cut in and cross for Geoffrey Kizito but the midfielder blasted high and wide.
The match was not free of controversy as in the 36th minute Wadada appeared to have fouled Jean Claude Iranzi in the box but the referee awarded a foul to the Ugandans much to Rwanda’s protestations.
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The Ugandans managed to create two openings with Joseph Mpande shooting well from distance and Hamis Kiiza heading well on target but Jean Claude Nadyishimiye was well alert on both situations.
Cranes had another good chance as the game headed to the break with Dan Sserunkuma picking out Kizito with a home pass but Kizito’s shot narrowly missed.
Rwanda started on a front foot in the second period with Meddy Kagere crossing well for Jacques Tuyisenge but he hit the post. On the other half, Sserunkuma was foiled once by the Rwandan keeper and had a penalty shout waved off but there was no denying him in the 88th minute.
The Gor Mahia striker raced in well to pick a Said Kyeyune through ball to slot home for the only goal and win Uganda three precious points that sent the Cranes jointly top with Sudan on three points.
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