On Saturday 8th September 2018, Uganda Cranes played to a goalless against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The Group L fixture of Match Day 2 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers came as new Cranes gaffer Sebastian Desabre took charge of his first full competitive game since being appointed to the job nearly nine months ago.
Speaking in the aftermath of the goalless encounter, Cranes skipper Denis Masinde Onyango applauded the team’s performance but was also quick to acknowledge that it’s not the result they would have wanted on the day.
"As a captain, I think we played our best. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the results we wanted,” the Mamelodi Sundowns number custodian said.
“We created a lot of chances but we didn't score. We need to work very hard and we hope for the best in the next game since the ambitions are high," he added.
"It was an East African derby and a derby is not easy so we need to double our efforts and convert our chances so that we get back to the AFCON."
The result left Uganda on 4 points after two games in pool L with Tanzania at two points.
The Uganda Cranes will return to action in the same campaign when they host Lesotho in their next game on the 10th October 2018 at the Mandela National Stadium, just a day after the country celebrates its 56th Independence.
By Robert K James