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Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: When Uganda Loaded A Point Onto The Bombardier

Namboole, Security ready for Malawi game on Sunday as Airtel facilitates ticket purchase via mobile money

By David Kalyango

Coach Jonathan McKinstry’s official reign as The Cranes technical boss started on Wednesday night with a deserved goalless draw, away to Burkina Faso as the road to Africa Cup of Nations – Afcon Cameroun 2021 finals kicked-off in different corners of the continent.

Burkina Faso could have possibly taken the day but the home side’s dullness in the final third advantaged Uganda to travel home with a point, ahead of their second fixture against Malawi – scheduled for November 17 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Uganda Cranes in Ouagadougou

Malawi, who beat South Sudan 1-0 in Lilongwe on the same day, travels to Kampala as group B leaders on three points.

Burkinabe’s Lassina Traore was too close in giving the home side a goal but The Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi cleared off the line, five minutes into play after custodian Dennis Onyango had been beaten. A similar chance came with a free-kick from good scoring range but Charles Kabore’s shot went over the bar.

After recess Uganda could have celebrated a goal but Emmanuel Okwi’s header off a Farouq Miya corner kissed the crossbar.

Uganda travelled back to Kampala immediately after the game, following an arrangement that saw Fufa and government authorities charter a Uganda Airlines Bombardier plane – a move that eased and facilitated a smooth plan ahead of the Sunday fixture.

Coach McKinstry fielded Onyango – the team captain in goal with Mugabi starting at right back as Joseph Ochaya took over retires Godfrey Walusimbi’s traditional left back position. Timothy Awany and Murushid Jjuuko paired in the central defence as US based Mike Azira, Khalid Aucho, Abdul Lumala and Farouq Miya marshaled the midfield.

Okwi and Patrick Kaddu were mandated to hunt for goals.

As Uganda host Malawi on Sunday, Burkina Faso will travel to Khartoum to South Sudan.

Namboole authorities as well as security agencies announced on Wednesday that they were ready for the Malawi game.

“We made a deliberate move to put a hold on activities at the stadium in the last two weeks because the playing turf had lost shape. I assure the public that the pitch is now in proper condition to host the game on Sunday,” said Mandela National Stadium Sports and Recreation Officer, Vivian Tendo.

“We have not anticipated any political threat and we do not expect any sort of political attachments to this game. It is against Caf and Fifa rules to involve political sentiments to football and thus we call upon the fans that will come to Namboole to desist from such,” warned Patrick Onyango –Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson.

The Chairman, International Matches Organising Committee –IMOC Issa Magoola revealed that the Malawi Flames will arrive on Friday afternoon.

“The Malawi national team will jet into the country on Friday. The match officials are coming from Sudan and are expected on the same day in the evening,” noted Magoola at Fufa House Mengo.

Tickets are on sale as follows;

Ordinary Tickets @ 20,000

VIP Tickets @ 50,000

VVIP Tickets @ ugx120, 000

Discounted Tickets via Airtel Money @ ugx15, 000

Students will pay ugx 10,000 after schools’ prior arrangement with Fufa

Some of the notable Ticket Selling points include;

Fuel Station outlets

Total City Centre

Total Bweyogerere

Total Ben Kiwanuka

Total Nateete

Total Kibuli

Ssentosh General (Total Ku Bbiri)

Shell Fuel Station Outlets

Shell Capital- Kampala Road

Shell Bugolobi

Shell Kabalagala

City Oil Outlets

Nakawa

Kamwokya

Namirembe road

Bombo road

Mandela Auto Zone

Airtel Shop – Ben Kiwanuka

Airtel Shop, Forest Mall- Lugogo

GAPCO – Ben Kiwanuka Street

Hardware World- Ntinda

Mukono City Shoppers

Fufa House- Mengo

Tango Sport -Jinja

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