Uganda go top in Group B after 2-1 win over Burkina Faso

2014-01-12 22:13

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Uganda shot to the top of Group B in Chan 2014 after a 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso.

Junior Sentamu scored on either side of the half to give the Cranes a well-deserved victory at the Athlone Stadium tonight.

Coached by a former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic, Uganda was quick off the blocks as they took the game to their West African opponents.

Buoyed by the small crowed, the Ugandans played an entertaining brand of football to the delight of their followers. It was not surprising when they took the lead in the 16th minute through Sentamu after he rounded goalkeeper Mohamed Kabore.

Uganda still pushed forward searching for an insurance goal and Vincent Kayizi should have doubled their lead after beating an offside trap only for goalkeeper Kabore to deny him.

Then striker Sentamu completed his brace in the second half after meeting Ronald Olaki’s cross to send the partisan crowd into frenzy.

Burkina Faso should have pulled one back but after doing everything right M’ba Kone missed the target. But they did pull one back in the dying stages of the match through a scrappy goal from substitute Cyrille Bayala but it was too little too late.

It was a well-deserved victory for the Cranes, who controlled the game for the better part of the 90 minutes.

However, they will have to do better against Zimbabwe, whom they meet on Thursday at the same stadium.

Supporters braved the chilly Cape Town weather conditions to rally behind their teams in the second day of the tournament and they were not disappointed as the Group B teams dished out a polished performance which left the supporters asking for more.

Although the first game between Zimbabwe and Morocco ended in a goalless draw, the coaches of the two teams were happy with the outcome.

Their only concern was the endless missed chances. It was a game of two halves with Morocco dominating the first stanza and the Zim Warriors taking control of the second half.

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