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World Cup Qualifiers: Guinea strikes to defeat Uganda in campaign opener

Belgian coach Paul Put started his reign as Cranes head coach on a low after Uganda suffered an agonizing defeat against Guinea in the first match of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

The match held on Friday, November 17, ended 2-1 for the West African side with Seydouba Cisse’s winning goal coming just seconds to full-time whistle at the Berkerne Municipal Stadium in Morroco.

Fahad Bayo had earlier in the first half cancelled out Adhibou Camara’s opener as Uganda looked set for a comeback against the hosts of the day.

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Guinea stole the show at the death, through a Seydouba Cisse freekick, leaving several Ugandans in heartbreak despite playing well on the night which marked the maiden campaign for Put.

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Uganda will now shift focus to next week’s fixture against Somalia on Tuesday, at the same stadium as they look to shake off the painful defeat and aim for victory in their second match of the campaign.



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