By Website writer
The Uganda Cranes started their 2018 CHAN campaign in abysmal fashion with a 3-1 loss to Zambia on Sunday.
In what was Uganda’s French coach Sebastian Desabre’s first competitive game, he went for an attack minded squad. This was however countered by the Zambians who caught the Uganda Cranes on the counter attack.
The Ugandans started the match on a high with several chances begging on goal but it was the Chipolopolo who broke the deadlock through Lazarus Kambole in the 38th minute. Uganda responded quickly and in style two minutes later. Milton Karisa delivered a quality cross which KCCA striker Derrick Nsibambi connected with a stunning volley to level matters.
The Chipolopolo paced up in the second half with a series of near chances. They finally broke through in the 63rd minute through Augustine Mukenga with an assist from the first goalscorer Lazarus Kombole.
Desabre was forced to make two substitutions and brought on Moses Waiswa in the midfield and Shaban Muhammad in the attack for Muzamir Mutyaba and Saddam Juma.
Instead, the Zambians added the third immediately after Ochan had failed to keep Fackson Kapumbu’s freekick off his line in the 71 minutes. It was a school boy error.
Namibia had surprised Ivory Coast in the opening group game to earn three points. Uganda returns to action on Thursday against Namibia as Zambia battle Ivory Coast