Uganda Cranes left it late to secure third place of the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after staging a comeback to edge Burundi 2-1 in a third place playoff match played on Saturday December 17, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Pierre Kwizera had given Burundi the lead early on with a well-taken free kick from outside the box which went past Uganda keeper Benjamin Ochan and into the net. They then had a chance to double their lead shortly before halftime through Laudit Mavugo but the Muzinga forward could not find the target even with the net empty.
The Cranes however came back more composed and settled in the second half, Saddam Juma taking his side back level with a goal just three minutes after the restart. The goal seemed to have awakened them as they started searching for a second one more vigorous than ever in the match.
The goal finally came in the 75th minute, Issa Dau curling a beautiful free kick past a stranded Jonathan Nahimana in goal after Saddam Juma had been fouled.
The win secures third place for Uganda, who were unable to successfully retain the title they won in 2015 while Burundi finish fourth.
Uganda Starting XI: Ochan Duncan, Muwanga Bernard, Nicholas Wadada, Timothy Awany, Maddi Aggrey, Mucurezi Paul, Tom Masiko, Sadam Juma, Muleme Isaac, Derrick Nsimbabi, Nelson Senkatuuka,
Subs: Ismail Watanga, Tom Ikara, Opolo Daniel, Shafiq Bakaka, Tadeo Lwanga, Hood Kawesa, Allan Katerrega, Muzamir Mutyaba, Milton Kalisa, Kyambadde Allan, Nsubuga Joseph.
Burundi Starting XI: Jonathan Nahimana (GK), Pierre Kwizera (C), Rachid Leon Hererimana, Tresor Ndikumana, David Nsimirimana, Omar Moussa, Gael Duhayindavyi, Shasir Nahimana, Hussein Shaban, Laudit Mavugo, Fiston Abdoul Razak
Substitutes: MacArthur Arakaza, Onesme Rukundo, Steve Nahimana, Youssuf Ndayishimiye, Bienvenue Shaka, Moussa Mossi, Moussa Haphizi Herimana, Cedrick Urasenga, Eric Ndoriyobija,