CHAN: Sentamu's brace sends Uganda on top of Group B
Uganda went on top of Group B after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 in the CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Sunday night.
A brace from Ugandan Super League top goal scorer Yunus Sentamu was enough to send Milutin Sredojovic’s side on the summit of Group B ahead of Morroco and Zimbabwe. Cyrille Bayala scored the consolation goal for Brama Traore’s side who sit bottom of the Group after this loss.
The Ugandans were the first team to find their feet early on the game, and after forcing the Burkina Faso goalkeeper Mohamed Kabore into three fines saves inside ten minutes, it was not surprising when they took the lead after quarter an hour gone.
A defensive blunder by M’bah Kone allowed Yunus Sentamu to steal the ball and race to goal and round Mohammed Kabore before placing the ball in an empty the net to give the Cranes the lead they deserve, 1-0.
After the goal both teams failed to produce clear cut chances, but the leading side were still threatening the Burkinabe in their territory. The first chance of Burkina Faso came after 32 minutes when Aboubacar Traore drew a great save from Benjamin Ochan with a low shot just inside the area.
That chance looked to be a wake-up call for Uganda as they almost went to the break with a two goal caution when Denis Iguma beat the offside trap and connected with a through ball only for goalkeeper Mohamed Kabore to race off his line to deny the skipper and keep his side in the game.
The first ten minutes of the second-half saw both teams fail to threaten as they were able to close each other down. The first chance of the second stanza fell to the trailing side and they should have scored the leveller but Aboubacar Traore blazed his left footed shot over the bar from point-blank range after 58 minutes.
Both coaches made attacking changes in their teams as they looked to find penetration up front, and Burkina Faso had a another chance to equalise with twenty minutes to play when left-back Issa Gouo made a great run on the left hand flank, before cutting back a low cross from Issoufou Dayo, who shot wide of the mark.
Two minutes later the Ugandans made the Burkina Faso regret their missed chances when Yunus Sentamu made sure of the points with a right footed volley from close range after a great cross by second-half substitute Francis Olaki, 2-0.
The Stallions had a chance to pull one back in the 78th minute but Benjamin Ochan made a fine block to deny Issoufou Dayo before the same player failed to score again when he did some fine footwork to beat two defenders in the edge of the area, before shooting over the bar with the goalkeeper well beaten just two minutes later.
With three minutes and optional time still to play, Burkina Faso finally found the goal and pulled a goal back. A floating corner-kick found Issoufou Dayo inside the area who flicked the ball to Cyrille Bayala who scored with a back-heel to reduce the deficit and console themselves, 2-1.
Uganda: Ochan, Ntambi, Kasagga, Kabugo (Mpunga 90+5), Muleme, Kayizzi (Olaki 69’), Ntege, Wassawa, Majwega, Iguma©, Sentamu
Burkina Faso: M.Kabore, Simpore, Kone, Dayo, Gouo, Ouedraogo, Sanou, To, Traore, Y.Kabore, F.Kabore (Nebie 80’).