Bayo strike sinks Rwanda as Uganda gets first win at 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Uganda Crane's striker, Fahad Bayo takes on Rwanda's Amavubi Stars player in Thursday encounter in Kigali (Photo: FUFA Media)

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Thursday, October 7
*Rwanda 0-1 Uganda (Fahad Bayo 41′)

KIGALI, RWANDA: Uganda Cranes defeated Rwanda Amavubi Stars 1-0 to register their first win in Group E of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Israel-based striker Azizi Fahad Bayo’s 41st-minute strike was enough to settle the tie that was played at the Stade De Kigali, Nyamirambo in Kigali city on Thursday evening.

Bayo who was in the right place at the right time pounced in at close range after an initial shot had ricocheted from the post as Rwanda failed to clear their lines from Isaac Muleme’s free kick in the 41st minute.

The Amavubi Stars were in control of the game for extended stretches but could not sustain their attacks as the Cranes sat back.

Uganda Cranes captain Khalid Aucho stretches to play the ball against Rwanda Amavubi Stars (Credit: FUFA Media)

Uganda defended well and had some good chances to kill off the game but will leave Rwanda not only contented with the performance but with maximum points.

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The emphatic win is Micho’s first competitive win since making his return as Uganda Cranes coach and the Serbian will surely commend his players for delivering it against his former employees.

Uganda now move top of Group E with five points before the 10 pm tie between Kenya and Mali and will look to complete a double when they host the Amavubi Stars on Sunday at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

Uganda Cranes Starting XI (Credit: FUFA Media)

Uganda Cranes Starting Xi:

Charles Lukwago (GK), Denis Iguma, Isaac Muleme, Enock Walusimbi, Timothy Awanyi, Khalid Aucho (Captain), Taddeo Lwanga, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Moses Waiswa, Azizi Fahad Bayo, Steven Mukwala

Subs: Isma Bin Rashid Watenga (GK), Alionzi Nafian (GK), Innocent Wafula, Azizi Kayondo, Mustafa Kiiza, Livingstone Mulondo, Geofrey Wasswa, Najib Fesali, Shafik Kagimu, Julius Poloto, Ibrahim Orit, Martin Kizza, Cromwell Rwothomio, Yunus Sentamu

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