Uganda Cranes team


Uganda Cranes progressed to the second round of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers with a resounding 7-2 aggregate win over Somalia.

Kaddu’s hat-trick and Allan Kyambadde’s solo effort were enough for Uganda to earn a 4-1 win in the second leg in Kampala, having won the first leg 3-1.

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They will now play Burundi in the final round of the qualifiers. Burundi knocked out South Sudan with a 4-1 aggregate victory in the first round.

Jose Kutch Nyuar gave South Sudan an early lead in the first half but Iddy Muselemu and Olivier Dusabe scored for Burundi in the second half for the 4-1 aggregate victory.

The first leg will be played on 20th September in Bujumbura and the 2nd leg on 18th October 2019 in Kampala.

The aggregate winner over the two legs will qualify for the final tournament in 2020 that will be staged in Cameroon.

Abdallah Mubiru will remain the interim head coach for the Uganda Cranes and Charles Livingstone Mbabazi as his deputy for the Chan qualifiers. Sadiq Wassa the goalkeeping coach and Geoffrey Massa as the team coordinator.

Uganda Cranes are seeking for their fifth appearance at the 16-team tournament, having played at four CHAN champions in 2011 (Sudan), 2014 (South Africa), 2016 (Rwanda) and lately 2018 (Morocco).

The competing national teams in this championship must be composed of only players playing in their domestic league. That is, a Ugandan player is only eligible to play for the Uganda Cranes if he is playing for a Ugandan club.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have won it twice, holding it the most times while Morocco are the defending champions.

The competition will be hosted between January and February 2020 in Cameroon. It is held after every two years.

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