Uganda knocked out of CHAN 2016 as Mali advances to quarters

Uganda knocked out of CHAN 2016 as Mali advances to quarters

Uganda have been dumped out of the ongoing 2016 African Nations Championships after Mali booked the last quarterfinal ticket. The East African side left it too late. Needing to finish off Zimbabwe at the Umuganda Stadium, in the western border town of Gisenyi, and hoping that Group D leaders Zambia would defeat Mali, the Uganda Cranes could only bow out with a 1-1 draw. And it could have been worse.

Uganda knew the task was clear; defeat Zimbabwe by a margin of at least 3 goals and hope the Eagles would succumb to the Chipolopolo, at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo, Kigali. Both outcomes were not to be, as the Malians held Zambia to a barren draw.

In fact, the Cranes were down in the 49th minute, as the South Africans got their only goal of the tournament. Midfielder William Manondo scored from close range to give the Warriors the lead. This meant that the Ugandans’ plans had turned into a mountain to climb. 

However, as Zimbabwe were edging to a victory, forward Geoffrey Sserenkuma, not to be confused with former Gor Mahia and new Bandari striker, Dan, powered a header in stoppage time to equalize for Uganda. It was just a consolation.

The quarterfinals pan out from Saturday 30th January, with Group A winners, Rwanda, playing Group B’s runners-up, Democratic Republic of Congo, at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, while Group B winners, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast will clash later on, at the Stade Huye in Butare.

On Sunday 31st January, Tunisia and Guinea, who knocked out Nigeria and Niger from the group stages, will be facing Mali and Zambia for a semis berth, respectively. Group C winners, the Eagles of Carthage, will start the proceedings at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali, against the Malians, with the Chipolopolo meeting Guinea a few hours later at the Umuganda Stadium, Gisenyi.

The winner of the Rwanda/DR Congo match will play the winner of the Zambia/Guinea affair on 3rd February, with the victors of the Cameroon/Ivory Coast and Tunisia/Mali ties meeting a day later.

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