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2021 AFCON qualifier | Uganda beat Malawi 2-0

By Joseph Kizza

Added 17th November 2019 02:25 PM

Emmanuel Okwii and Fahad Bayo score as Uganda beat Malawi 2-0 at Namboole Stadium to go top of Group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

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Emmanuel Okwii and Fahad Bayo score as Uganda beat Malawi 2-0 at Namboole Stadium to go top of Group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

2021 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS QUALIFICATION


Live reporting by Joseph Kizza

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@joekizza

(Scroll down the page earlier updates)


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CRANES CONTINUE TO SOAR - Higher and higher!

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

Uganda's first half lead through Emmanuel Okwi's stunning opening goal was improved by Fahad Bayo's second half strike to all but end the tie as a contest and earn Northern Irishman Johnathan McKinstry his first home win - on the same day Allan Okello makes his international debut.

Uganda end the weekend at the helm of the group and remain on course to making it to Cameroon.

And that's all from us here. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

(Let's leave you with pictures of the two goal scorers)

 

 
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6:00pm   |   ELSEWHERE: Burkina Faso see off South Sudan

(South Sudan 1-2 Burkina Faso)

Meanwhile, it has been a similar result in the other Group B match, with visitors Burkina Faso brushing aside South Sudan.

This means Uganda lead the group ahead of Burkina Faso, who despite also having four points, have a lower goal difference. Malawi drop to third on three points while South Sudan, who have been beaten twice so far, continue to anchor the log.


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FULL TIME: Uganda beat Malawi

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

 



It is all over at Namboole. The hosts have bagged the three points and maintained their clean sheet and unbeaten streak in the campaign.

Time for celebrations in Kampala.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso are doubling down on home side South Sudan. It is 2-0 advantage Burkina Faso as the minutes get chalked off in the closing stages of that match.

 
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90 min   |   FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

Uganda are four stoppage time minutes away from keeping their clean sheet intact.

Malawi are searching long and hard for a consolation goal.


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85 min  

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

FIVE MINUTES TO GO.

The Cranes seeing this one off.


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83 min  

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

Farouk Miya is down, appearing injured, yet Uganda have exhausted their three subs.

Seven minutes to go.

It is still Burkina Faso leading 2-0 against South Sudan in the other Group B game.


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80 min  

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

What could they be telling each other?


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5:35pm

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)


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5:33pm

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)


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 69 min |   GOAL! - Bayo (Uganda)


(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)


And there goes the cushion. Vipers SC forward Fahad Bayo doubles Uganda's lead.

Home nerves calmed.

 
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67 min |   SUBSTITUTION - ALLAN OKELLO MAKES CRANES DEBUT

(Uganda 2-0 Malawi)

The KCCA FC forward is introduced for his Uganda Cranes debut and off goes William Kizito Luwagga.

Okello's club coach Mike Mutebi is watching, clearly proud of the substitution.


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60 min |   CLOSE! - Miya (Uganda)

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

OOF! That came so agonisingly close from Farouk Miya. Twice in this game he has seen his effort come close to finding the back of the net.

 
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59 min

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

The Malawians are not going down without a fight. They are intent on finding that equaliser in the face of a solid Ugandan back line.

The Cranes, meanwhile, know a second goal will settle nerves inside an effervescent Namboole as the sun takes a dip into the horizon.

 
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56  min  |   SUBSTITUTION - Jjuuko off, Awany on

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

Murushid Jjuuko is limping, feeling the effects of that knock back there. The defender is clearly uncomfortable and will not carry on. He is taken off and on hops Timothy Awany.


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53 min  |   OUCH! - Jjuuko (Uganda)

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

Ugandan defender Murushid Jjuuko is down, hurt. He remains on the ground and has the referee check on him.

Worried glances across the faces of the home coaching bench.


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50min

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

Nothing much so far. It's two-way traffic at the moment after Malawi attempted to sprint out of the blocks upon referee Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail's whistle.


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45min  |   SECOND HALF KICKS OFF!

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

Action returns inside a boisterous Namboole.

 
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4.54pm  |   ELSEWHERE: Burkina Faso leading South Sudan

(South Sudan 0-2 Burkina Faso)

Meanwhile, in the other Group B game, Burkina Faso are ahead against South Sudan at half time. It is 2-0 for now.

This means that as it stands, Burkina Faso are top of the group on four points, ahead of Uganda on goal difference. Malawi are third and South Sudan bottom of the table.

But there is still another 45 minutes to play in both games.


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4.50pm  |   HALF TIME: The hosts leading

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

And that's it for the opening 45 of this tie. Referee Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail brings the action to a pause for a break.

The Cranes are leading through this man: Emmanuel Arnorld Okwi.

 
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43 min  |   CHANCE! - Uganda

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

That should have been two for the home side! Farouk Miya thinks he has buried it, but the post says 'NO!'.

Denied by the upright. So close!


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37 min 

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

The goal has also opened a can of worms for Malawi, as they find themselves needing to deal with the likes of Miya, Michael Azira and Ochaya.

The hosts want to kill this one off before half time, but are denied by The Flames' keeper.


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34 min 

(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)

That goal by Okwi has lifted the entire Namboole.

 

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 30 min  |   GOAL! - Uganda (Okwi)


(Uganda 1-0 Malawi)


BANG! BREAKTHROUGH AT LAST!

Emmanuel. Arnold. Okwi.

Three names, one goal. And what a cross by Joseph Ocaya!

 

 
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25 min  |   Another scoring Sunday for Miya?

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

Farouk Miya scored the winner the last time Uganda played an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Namboole on a Sunday. That was three years ago. Will the forward find the net again today?


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22 min  |   CLOSE! - Uganda

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

The hosts nearly find the breakthrough through Luwagga Kizito but the Ugandan overcooks his goal-bound shot.

Tiny margins, these!


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19 min

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

Farouk Miya has been a busy man in these first 19 minutes of the game. He has a couple of green bodies to deal with in the attack and manages to feed Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, but the attack will not trouble the Malawian keeper.


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13 min

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

A win today and Malawi will be out of sight at the helm of Group B.

Victory for the hosts, on the other hand, will lift them to the top of the log, of course depending on the result from the other group game between Burkina Faso and South Sudan.

 
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10 min  |   CLOSE! - Malawi

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

The Flames outmuscled South Sudan in their opening game on Wednesday. They want to hurt The Cranes here at Namboole, but their swift counter-attack laced with deft one-two touches ends with a weak effort towards captain Denis Onyango's goal.

McKinstry's men will have to tighten the loose ends at the back. Surely.


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07 min 

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

The hosts get their first corner of the match. It comes to nothing though.


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03 min  |   Early chance for Uganda

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

It has been a balanced start in these early minutes of the opening half.

Uganda launch an attack, with Farouk Miya heavily involved. But the effort goes wide of the mark. This is what the home fans want to see.

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3:55pm  |   KICKOFF

(Uganda 0-0 Malawi)

And we are under way at Namboole Stadium. Three points up for grabs.

Question is, who will claim them?


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3:58pm  |   Here they come

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)

It is not a packed Namboole, but that won't stop the match from kicking off. The teams are out of the dugout.

Referee Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail from Somalia is leading the procession.

The Cranes, with the exception of goalkeeper and captain Denis Onyango (blue), are wearing red and black. The visitors are in all-green, with their keeper wearing all-white.

 

Johnathan McKinstry and his coaching team are set.

 

 

The two captains, Denis Onyango and John Banda, have posed for a group photo with the officials of the day.

Onyango plays for South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns while Banda plies his trade at home with Blue Eagles.

 

 

 
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3:55pm  |   FIVE MINUTES TO KICKOFF

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)

The fans are all sat and waiting for the ball to get rolling.

There is still enough time to enjoy a quick selfie.


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3:45pm  |   A lane of colour

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)


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3:34pm  |   Your predictions?

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)

So what do you think of today's tie? Will the hosts eat big or will they be left staring helplessly at a well-packed plate worth three points?

I am sure most of you home base lot are optimistic :)


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3:30pm  |   30 MINUTES TO KICKOFF

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)

Half-an-hour to go for the action at Namboole to get under way. Are you making your way there? Hurry!

 

 

 
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3:17pm  |   McKinstry's first home game

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)

Northern Irishman Johnathan McKinstry is the man in charge of The Cranes. Today's tie will be his first home game at the helm, and the former Rwanda and Sierra Leone national team coach will be hoping to leave a lasting impression on the faces of the home crowd.

He took over from Frenchman Sebastien Desbare by signing a three-year contract at the end of September. By the way, he is the first person from Northern Ireland to manage three international football teams.

Meanwhile, the bus carrying the Ugandan team has made its way through the routine Kampala traffic jam and reached Namboole.

 


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3:09pm  |   All roads leading to Namboole

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)


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2:56pm  |   Uganda vs Malawi preview

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 By New Vision sports editor Fred Kaweesi


Uganda and Malawi have clashed in a couple of friendly fixtures in recent years. Both sides are familiar with each other’s strengths following Cranes’ 2-1 win in 2009 and a goalless draw in 2018. But considering how physical and close last year’s duel was, there is enough to suggest that the outcome of this game will come down to finer technicalities in the attack.

Both Cranes and Malawi’s Flames are blessed with enviable attacking quality that could swing this game in their favour. While Johnathan McKinstry’s side will rely on a three-man attack of Emmanuel Okwi, Farouk Miya and Patrick Kaddu, Malawi will look to their trident of Gabadinho Mhango, Yamikani Chester and Gerald Phiri Junior.

The three combined to dispatch South Sudan with a 1-0 win in Blantyre on Wednesday. Mhango scored a superb goal after feeding off Phiri in a game the Flames dominated from start to finish. Cranes will only hope that the Okwi-Miya-Kaddu combination outweighs all that the Gabadinho-Yamikani-Phiri will throw at the other end.

Home or away, Malawi always plays an attacking game, applying consistent pressure with speed and power through the middle. That and the devastating abilities of Mhango are what Cranes must deal with.

Read full preview HERE.


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2:48pm  |   The Cranes take on The Flames

(Uganda v Malawi at 4:00pm)

 
Today's is a clash of eastern and southeastern Africa sides. Malawi are coming into this game on the back of a 1-0 opening win over South Sudan. Gabadinho Mhango scored the only goal of that match in the 68th minute Blantyre on Wednesday.

It means The Flames lead Group B on three points because Uganda's opener against Burkina Faso ended goalless in Ouagadougou.

Malawi will be looking to burn their hosts, but The Cranes will surely be eyeing the clouds and will be set on powering their flight beyond the inferno.


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2:35pm  |   Uganda vs  Malawi (4:00pm)

Hello everyone, welcome to this live text and picture commentary of today's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group B match between Uganda and Malawi.

The mood at home is of anticipation and optimism.

Today's game is being hosted by Uganda and action will unfold at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Stick with us here and you will be sure to get live updates.

 

 

 

 

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