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Uganda’s Hippos Push to the Next Round after Crashing Rwanda

Uganda cruised to the next round after beating Rwanda 2-1 in the return leg on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

Hippos’ Edrisa Lubega strikes to level the game in the 33rd minute.

The Hippos as the Uganda youth team is nicknamed qualified 3-2 on aggregate and set a date with Egypt at the Second Round. Both sides settled for a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Kigali two weeks ago.

Forward Zake Luboyera scored in each half to ensure victory and a place at the next round for the hosts.

Luboyera’s first after 20 minutes cancelled the visitors’ opener, a header from Abeddy Biramahire in the 17th minute.

Three minutes after the restart, a Luboyera shot beat Rwanda goalie Jimmy Nzeyurwanda for what turned out to be the match winner.

Rwanda continued to threaten the host in search of the equalizer with skipper Savio Nshuti, Yamin Salum, Biramahire and Blaise Itanshgaka asking the Uganda backline several questions in the opening minutes.

However, their lead was cancelled three minutes later after left back Amany Niyonkuru handled in the vital area for a penalty which Luboyera calmly slotted home.

Uganda trio Martin Kizza, Julius Poloto and Pius Wanji were also guilty of failing to convert chances that came their way.

Results over the weekend.

Friday, 22 April 2016.
Somalia 0-2 Ethiopia (1-2)
Namibia 2-0 Swaziland (2-2)
Botswana 0-2 Zimbabwe (1-0)

Saturday, 23 April 2016.
Niger 1-1 Tunisia (0-3)
Gambia 2-0 Sierra Leone (0-2)
Uganda 2-1 Rwanda (1-1)
Mauritius 2-1 Mozambique (0-1)

Sunday, 24 April 2016.
Guinea vs Liberia (2-0)
Mauritania vs Algeria (1-2)

By Robert Muriisa.

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