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Lwaliwa’s Strike Spurs Uganda Cranes Past Resilient South Sudan

Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers | First leg

Uganda Cranes 1-0 South Sudan

Second half substitute Halid Lwaliwa was heroic as Uganda Cranes pipped a resilient South Sudan 1-0 in the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers first leg tie played at the St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday.

Coming on after 68 minutes, the super sub brought down the visitor’s wall as he headed in a Farouk Miya cross past goalkeeper Majak Mawith (85th minute).

The Vipers Sports Club defender replaced exciting Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu who limped off with a hamstring injury.

Uganda Cranes would have scored more but Miya’s stunning shot down the left rattled the goal post while Aucho Khalid close range shot kissed the woodwork.

The hosts further made more changes bringing Karim Watambala, Edrisa Lubega, and Allan Okello for Aucho Khalid, and Derrick Nsibambi, and Emma Okwi respectively.

Also, South Sudan rested Manyumom Achol, Tito Okello, and Stephen Pawaar for Dominic Abul Pretino, Denis Yongure Daluri, and Abdalla Asad Musa.

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The win takes Uganda Cranes to Seven points atop group B from 3 matches ahead of Burkina Faso (4), Malawi (1) and South Sudan.

South Sudan will host Uganda Cranes next week on Monday 16th November at Nyayo International stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

Team lineups

Uganda Cranes 

Denis Onyango, Elvis Bwomono, Joseph Ochaya, Ronald Mukiibi, Timothy Denis Awany, Mike Azira, Khalid Aucho, Faruku Miya, William Kizito Luwagga, Derrick Nsibambi, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi

Substitutes: Jamal Salim, Charles Lukwago, Nicholas Wadada, Disan Galiwango, Patrick Mbowa, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafiq Kagimu, Karim Watambala, Allan Okello, Edrisa Lubega, Brian Ahebwa, Fahad Bayo

South Sudan 

Ramadan John Mayik Diing, Abdulkarim Yom Mutwakil, Peter Maker Manyang, Rehan Angier Malong, Manyumom Achol, Jackson Morgan Odebe, Ivan Wani Adebo, David Sebit Omot, Tito Okello Odong, Makueth  Wol Akeen Nguet, Stephen Pawaar Lony

Substitutes:  Godfrey Nyeko Okello, Abdalla Asad Musa, John Kuol Chol, Kenjok Wal Athiu, Dominic Abul Pretino, Joseph Kuch Nyuar Atak, Dominic Angelo Kornelio Aroma, Bak Majok Nyang, Majak Maling Mawith, Denis Yongure Daluri, Aluck Akech Mabior

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