Bayo guides Uganda to Cecafa final

Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup

Today’s Results|Semifinals

Uganda 1-0 Tanzania

Eritrea 4-1 Kenya

Thursday (Finals)

Eritrea v Uganda

Striker Fahad Bayo’s late goal was the decisive moment for Uganda to secure a berth into the finals of the 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

A powerful header in the 85th minute saw the Cranes overcome a resilient Tanzania in the semifinal played at the KCCA grounds, Lugogo.

Fahad Bayo celebrates scoring his goal against Tanzania. Photo by XtraTime Sports.

Uganda had a good start but failed to find the cutting edge especially in the first half. Bayo nearly gave the Cranes the lead but he tapped the ball just a few inches wide while Allan Okello fired wide faced with just the goalkeeper.

The giant striker had another glorious opportunity before the break to put Uganda in the lead but his attempt was cleared by Tanzania’s goalkeeper Aishi Manula.

Cranes captain Halid Lwaliwa and his counterpart from Tanzania being summoned by the referee.

With the game destined for kicks from the spot, Bayo produced redemption for Uganda when he ran between Tanzania’s defenders to head home Mustafa Kizza’s cross.

Coach Jonathan McKinstry made changes and brought on youngster Karim Watambala in the second stanza.

Abdul Karim Watambala trying to peel away from Tanzania’s Gabiel Michael.

The other Venoms who featured in the game for the Cranes included Paul Willa and skipper Halid Lwaliwa.

Uganda will face Eritrea in the final on Thursday seeking to win the championship for a record 15th time.

Uganda XI:- Charles Lukwago, Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafic Kagimu, Allan Okello, Bright Anukani, Ben Ocen (Viane Ssekajugo), Joackim Ojera (Abdul Karim Watambala), Fahad Bayo.

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