Tuesday, November 20
Nigeria 0-0 Uganda
Against all odds, Uganda’s senior national men’s team managed to hold Nigeria Super Eagles in a highly billed international friendly.
The game ended goalless at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.
Fresh from their qualification back to the Africa Cup of Nations after edging Cape Verde in Namboole, Coach Sebastien Desabre named an almost second string team.
Salim Jamal beat Charles Lukwago for a place in the posts, Denis Awany, Allan Kyambadde, Taddeo Lwanga and Derrick Nsibambi got starting berths.
The team looked weak on paper, but the boys played their hearts out to pick a deserved a draw.
Nsibambi missed on the volley before Allan Kyambadde’s penalty appeal was ignored, just inside the first ten minutes.
However, Uganda will have showstopper Jamal to thank the most as he pulled out strng saves on the day.
His performance, may come as a relief to the fans who are still recovering from Captain (goalkeeper) Intangible who hinted about retiring recently after the Cape Verde game.
Jamal denied Oghenekaro Etebo’s shot and Victor Osimhen’s header before the half hour mark.
Uganda also managed to put up a strong wall at the back to restrict Arsenal’s exploding youngster Alex Iwobi, Villarreal’s pacey kid Samuel Chukwueza and Veteran attacker and captain Ahmed Musa.
The team looked compact in the middle of the park and hard to break down at the back as they produced a water tight defence.
Kateregga and Kaddu were brought on for Kyambadde and Nsibambi respectively at the hour mark. Saddam Juma also replaced Taddeo Lwanga in the latter stages of the game as Desabre went for maximum points against the three time AFCON winners but a point apiece, was a result in the end.
It should be noted that Gernot Rohr’s charges had also booked their place in the 2019 AFCON following a draw away to South Africa at the weekend, with a game to spare.
The last time Uganda had played Nigeria, the Cranes won by a late Farouk Miya’s goal at Goodwill Akpabio Stadium in March 2015.
Daniel Akpeyi, John Ogu, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, Jamilu Collins, Oghenekaro Etebo, Mikel Agu, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Oshimen.
Salim Jamal, Nico Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Dennis Iguma, Timothy Awanyi, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Okwi, Moses Waiswa, Allan Kyambadde, Derrick Nsibambi.
Charles Lukwago, Isaac Muleme, Isaac Isinde, Milton Karisa, Hassan Wasswa, Allan Kateregga, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Patrick Kaddu