Uganda Vs Rwanda Tonight At CHAN 2020

Monday, January 18 CHAN Fixture:
Morocco Vs Togo – 7pm
Rwanda Vs Uganda – 10pm

Head to head

Uganda and Rwanda  have met  37 times in the world of football.

Uganda has dominated the fixture with 17 wins.

They have made 10 draws in the previous games in this fixture.

Rwanda has registered 11 wins against Uganda.

Preview
Uganda Cranes and Rwanda will open their African Nations Champioship (CHAN) campaign tonight at the Stade Reunification in Doula.

Uganda will be hoping to bank on recent Pre-CHAN Mini Tournament success where they finished top of the pile ahead of hosts-Cameroon, Niger and Zambia.

The Amavubi Stars on the other hand played a two-match friendly with Congo, and needed to recover from two goals down to secure a draw in the first game thanks to Martin Fabrice Twizeyimana and Justin Mico goals.

Uganda will be making their fifth straight appearance at the Tourney but are yet to go past the group

On the other hand, Rwanda are at CHAN Tournament for the fourth time, and made the Quarter final at the 2016 edition which they hosted in Kigali but unfortunately,  they were eliminated by DR Congo 2-1 (AET).

To qualify for CHAN 2020, Uganda eliminated Somalia and Burundi, beating the latter on a 6-0 aggregate.

Rwanda eliminated Ethiopia 2-1 on aggregate in September 2019 having won the first leg 1-0  away from home.

The Amavubi Stars last triumphed over Uganda Cranes 1-0 in 2007 Cecafa Cup.

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Probable Lineups:

Uganda – Charles Lukwago, Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Mustafa Mujuzi, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafic Kagimu, Karim Watambala, Tonny Mawejje, Joachim Ojera, Brian Aheebwa, Milton Karisa

Rwanda – Olivier Kwizera, Fitina Ombolenga, Faustin Usengimana, Thierry Manzi, Emery Bayisenge, Eric Nsabimana, Savio Nshuti, Fabrice Twizeyimana, Ernest Sugira, Jacques Tuyisenge, Hakizimana Muhadjiri.

Key Players To Watch:

Fitina Ombolenga Vs Vianney Ssekajugo

The Amavubi  right back Fitina Ombolenga

This is the second CHAN tournament that the APR man will be featuring, and he will be a key player in Vincent Mashami’s defence.

His good game reading defense-wise, coupled with his urge to always surge forward will be a key asset in the team’s quest for rhythm, as well as creating chances since he can always swing in a number of crosses from the left flank.

His direct opponent Vianney Sekajugo who features for Wakiso Giants in Uganda is a swift attacker, a fair dribbler, and also has an eye for goal.

His diminutive nature gives Omborenga some kind of advantage over him in the air, but still, there is need for caution in regard to what he can do with the ball on his feet.

Eric Nsabima  Vs Saidi Kyeyune

AS Kigalis’ anchorman Eric Nsabimana is one of the gems in Rwanda’s local league.

He is excellent at game reading, calm and composed; yet he is a hard tackler and passer at the same time.

Expected to start in the middle of the park for Rwanda, Nsabimana will be faced with a task to cover domains of space in order to deny the Ugandan midfield the chance to play free-flowing football.

One of his direct opponents can be Saidi Kyeyune, who may be deployed as a creative midfielder for the Uganda Cranes. Currently plying his trade with Uganda Revenue Authority, Kyeyune has a good understanding of the game, and vision for that defence-splitting pass that can result into a goal.

Together with the other midfielders that will be deployed alongside him in the Amavubi team, Nsabimana will be required to tame the creative threat that Kyeyune and company may pose, but also spare time to do good attacking so that the team will have good proceedings by the end of the game.

Muhadjiri Hakizimana Vs Aziz Kayondo

On paper, this looks like one of the easier battles for Rwanda in this game: the fairly experienced Muhadjiri Hakizimana up against Ugandan under-20 left back Aziz Kayondo.

Having played for a number of local clubs as well as having a stint in the United Arab Emirates, Hakizimana has lots of experience over Kayondo who is only emerging.

Expected to be deployed on the right wing, Hakizimana’s technicalities of flair, ball-holding skills, crossing as well as shooting in goal may be a real threat against the opponents.

This, however, does not mean that this is a battle that is already won. The youngster in Aziz Kayondo also has a lot to offer in the contest. He is known to be a player who loves to overlap into the opponent’s territory, and join in the attack. He is also not bad defensively.

Hakizimana should try to use his experience and technical abilities to create a difference on the right flank, create chances for the strikers or even try scoring goals himself.

Emery Bayisenge vs Brian Aheebwa

Emery Bayisenge is another experienced asset in the Amavubi team. He will be up against Ugandan strikers, one of whom is the on-form Brian Aheebwa who features for Kampala City Council Authority Football Club.

Brian Aheebwa goes into the tournament after showcasing fine form for his club this season, where he has scored ten goals in just six games, including a hat-trick against AS Kigali in the CAF Confederations Cup.

This is one of the battles that may be banked on to be thrilling on Monday evening. Pacy, energetic and hungry for goals, Aheebwa is a scary goal poacher currently.

Rwanda will be counting on the experience of Bayisenge to deal with such a threat. Having played on such a stage before, the AS Kigali central defender is expected to have good levels of confidence in the game.

His good game reading and composure should be complimented with willingness to run relentlessly, as well as organizing his defence well in order to deal with Aheebwa and other Ugandan attackers.

Coaches of both sides

Vincent Mashami vs Johnny McKinstry

Uganda Cranes, Jonathan McKinstry

Northern Irishman Johnathan McKinstry will be at the helm of the Uganda Cranes as they take on Amavubi Stars.

Having been coach of the Amavubi until 2016 when he was fired, McKinstry is expected to have some good knowledge of how Amavubi plays.

In fact, some of the players in the current Amavubi squad were part of his team that reached CHAN quarter-finals in 2016.

In addition to this, Vincent Mashami who is currently the head coach of the Amavubi was an assistant coach to McKinstry during part of his tenure as Rwanda’s head coach.

It is thought that the two tacticians have knowledge of each other’s style of play, and this will be one of the interesting bits of the game.

CHAN 2020 Results

Saturday, January 16
Cameroon 1-0 Zimbabwe
Mali 1-0 Burkina Faso

Sunday, January 17
Libya 0-0 Niger
DR Congo 1-0 Congo Brazaville

Records of  the Tournament:

This is the sixth edition of the African Nations Championship(CHAN).In terms of winning the tournament, Arabian counties have dominated it with most trophies so far.

The first Edition of the Tournament was played in 2009 in Ivory Coast and DR Congo made history for being the Inaugural winners.

DR Congo are the most Successful team in this tournament with two trophies which they won  both in 2009 and 2016

Morocco are the defending Champions because they won the last edition of this tournament in 2018.And it’s the first Nation to both host and win the tournament after winnin the last edition of 2018.

All time winners of the CHAN Tournament:

   DR Congo (2009 and 2016)

Libya (2014)

Tunisia (2011)

Morocco (2018)

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