U23 CAF Qualifiers
Uganda 1-0 South Sudan
StarTimes stadium, Lugogo
Uganda Kobs earned a slim victory over neighbours South Sudan in an U23 CAF qualifier game played on Wednesday.
The Kobs needed a late penalty to edge past a resilient South Sudan side. Defender Kiiza Mustafa converted from the spot in stoppage time.
Despite starting the better side, the Kobs struggled to break down the visitor’s defence to find the much needed opener.
Joel Madondo and Steven Dese Mukwala who started as the main strikers for the home side had a torrid evening failing on almost all their attempts.
On the other hand, South Sudan did not only play well in defence but also looked a threat going forward through lanky forward Wol Makweth who plays for Mbarara City FC in the Uganda Premier League.
John Nelson Mandela and Lam Chan Buay equally were a threat offering support to Makweth whenever they moved forward.
In the second stanza, Kobs coach Wasswa Bossa called for changes with skipper Mustafa Mujjuzi brought off for Joseph Semujju. This meant that Julius Poloto was moved to right back position.
Later on, Joel Madondo paved way for Duncan Sseninde who injected pace as the hosts kept on pilling pressure.
The numerous attempts finally yielded dividends at the death of the clock when goalkeeper John Mayik Diing brought down Mukwala inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
Kiiza converted the resultant penalty to give Uganda a narrow lead ahead of the return leg slated for 20th November in Juba.
The winner on aggregate will face Tunisia in the next and final qualifying round.
Uganda Kobs XI:
Saidi Keni, Geofrey Wasswa, Mustafa Kizza, Bashir Asiku, Musitafa Mujjuzi, Lawrence Bukenya, Shafiq Kuchi Kagimu, Julius Poloto, Allan Okello, Joel Madondo, Steven Dese Mukwala
South Sudan XI:
Ramadan John Mayik Diing (G.K), Tutu Awach Tong Kuwer, Samuel Lukudu Edward, Dominic Angilo Kornelio Aroma, Daniel Samuel Solong Peter, Makueth Wol Akeen Nguet, John Koul Chol, Paul Pal Puk, Nelson Mandela John, Lam Chan Buay, Emmanuel Ladu Lakudu