CECAFA: Cranes take care of Djibouti to finish group stage on high

first_imgUganda Cranes players celebrate after scoring one of their four goals on Sunday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Uganda 4-1 DjiboutiStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Sunday, 15-12-2019LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes ensured they end the group stage of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on a high as they defeated Djibouti 4-1 on Sunday.Despite once again resting several key players, Johnathan McKinstry’s side looked in control from the on-set and were more than deserved winners in the end.Muzamir Mutyaba converted from the spot to send Uganda on their way before goals by Joachim Ojera, Ben Ocen and substitute Bright Anukani completed the job.Harouin Hassan had temporarily made the score 2-1 but his goal only proved to be a temporary set back for the rampant Cranes.After just 14 minutes, Muhammad Bourhan was judged to have handled a Patrick Mbowa goal-bound effort, prompting the referee to point to the spot. Mutyaba took responsibility and put Uganda 1-0 up.Ojera then doubled Uganda’s advantage 20 minutes into the second half as he raced onto a long ball before slotting into the back of the net.Out of literally nothing, Djibouti halved Uganda’s advantage as Haroun slid low to tap-in a Fahmi Moussa’s low cross.Twelve minutes from time, Ocen would restore Uganda’s two-goal cushion as he finished off substitute Allan Okello’s pass.There was time for one more goal and it was Anukani who riffled into the back of the net off Ocen’s low cross.The victory ensures Uganda finish top of Group A with a perfect 12 points from four games.The finish the group stage having scored 10 goals and conceded just two.After topping group A, Uganda will now face Tanzania who finished second in Group B, in the semi finals of the competition.The other game played on Sunday saw Somalia and Eritrea draw 0-0 meaning the latter will face Kenya in the other semi final after finishing second in Group A with 7 points.How both teams startedUganda XI Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Paul Willa, Musitafa Mujuzi, John Revita, Paul Mbowa, Nicolas Kasozi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Karim Watambala, Joachim Ojera, Joel Madondo, Viane Sekajugo.Eritrea XI Innocent Mbonihaukoye (GK), Haroun Mohamed, Fouad Moussa, Abdoulkader Bouhan, Ali Youssouf, Mahdi Houssein, Hamza Abdi, Yabe Siad, Hassan WarsamaComments Tags: allan okelloBen OcenBright AnukaniCECAFA Senior Challenge CupJoachim OjeraJohnathan McKinstryMuzamir MutyabaUganda Craneslast_img read more

Hollywood movie, PlayStation helped India relax after shock defeat vs Zimbabwe

first_imgAfter a cakewalk against Zimbabwe in the One-Day International (ODI) series, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led visitors were handed a shock defeat in the first encounter of the three-match Twenty20 series by the hosts. (Mandeep’s maiden fifty gives India first 10-wicket win in T20s)India, who were without established stars Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, drubbed the minnows 3-0 in the ODI series for their second successive clean sweep against the hosts. The Indian team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, achieved the same feat last year.However, the visitors, who played with five debutants, suffered a shocking two-run defeat against Zimbabwe in the first T20.INDIA’S DASHING REPLYBut India were quick to bounce back in the second T20 with a crushing 10-wicket win to even out the equation before the deciding third T20 tomorrow. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s insistence upon “running hard” pays off for India)Young opener Mandeep Singh, who scored his debut T20 half-century to guide India to a huge 10-wicket win against the hosts, revealed how the team was able to get over from the shock defeat in Harare. THE SUCCESS RECIPE The 24-year-old batsman said the Indian players chose to relax on the eve of the second T20, rather than putting additional pressure on themselves.”A few boys went to see a movie yesterday, we played FIFA, so we had quite a relaxed day yesterday, and obviously we discussed quite a lot about the previous game, and I think we played really well today,” he said. (Barinder Sran smashes records on T20 International debut)advertisementIndian players went to watch Hollywood thriller “Now You See Me 2″ in Harare. The players, alongwith Dhoni, were also seen playing FIFA on PlayStation.”Obviously that defeat in the opening T20 was hurting, but we discussed a few points that what we need to do and I think whatever we have discussed in that previous game we implemented.”We have played five games now on this wicket. We discussed a few points and I think we implemented really well. So that was the main thing,” said Mandeep.SLEEPLESS NIGHT The Punjab batsman, who scored an unbeaten 52 in a modest 100-run chase last night, said the anxiety he felt before the match was surprisingly gone when he came in to bat.”I had a sleepless night before the match, things like pressure of winning a match or the series play on your mind, and also the fact that the selectors are watching you. Call it pressure or nervousness, whatever you want. But when you go in to bat, it becomes a little easier, at least for me. At that time, I just thought the target is 100, how do I achieve it?”Once I am inside, these things do not bother me, that the selectors are watching, that this series is very important. Before the match these things do play on my mind, this series is obviously very important, but honestly, once I go in, it is only, I have to bat and win the match,” Mandeep said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more