Uganda draws in opening game


Mali twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Uganda  in an opening Group D game at the African Nations Championship.

Uganda captain Farouk Miya set-up and scored a goal before going off injured at half-time.

The next Group D games are on Saturday as Uganda face Zambia.

Uganda opened the scoring after just 11 minutes against Mali in the Rwandan city of Rubavu when Joseph Ochaya headed home a freekick from Miya.

Miya has impressed for Uganda in recent months in World Cup qualifying and at the regional Cecafa tournament.

Mali equalised 12 minutes later through Sekou Koita, whose control in the area took him past a defender before he fired past Ismail Watenga in the Ugandan goal.

Then four minutes before half-time Miya scored from the penalty spot for Uganda after Erisa Ssekisambu was fouled in the area.

However there was bad news for Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic at half-time when injury forced Miya to be replaced by Muzamiru Mutyaba.

There was another injury blow for Uganda shortly after the break when goalkeeper Watenga pulled a muscle while taking a goal kick, with Mathias Kigonya coming on in his place.

Mali equalised on the hour mark through striker Hamidou Sinayoko as he managed to get his foot on the ball and divert it into the net from a Mamadou Coulibaly pass.

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