KAMPALA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Uganda Cranes have been held to a barren draw by visiting Rwanda in an international friendly match played on Saturday at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Although the Amavubi side played a better game in the first half than regional champions Uganda, they failed to score.
In the absence of injured attacking midfielder Dennis Iguma for the hosts, it was evident the home side lacked the creativity.
Rwanda skipper Haruna Niyonzima had the chance to give his team the lead in the first half, but shot wide with Ugandan goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan already beaten. Ugandan born striker Meddie Kagere was also wasteful for Rwanda on two occasions where scoring looked simple.
Uganda' s striker Emmanuel Okwi did not have a good game as the Rwanda defenders kept a close watch on him. In the second half after the introduction of Frank Kalanda for Uganda brought more life as the home side created many chances.
"The draw is not good enough and this means we have to work hard ahead of the Council for East and Central African Football Association (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup," Cranes Coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic told Xinhua after the game. His Rwandese counterpart Eric Nshimiyimana said it was a good game.
"My boys had chances to score, but where not sharp," said the former International midfielder. It was the first time Ugandan coach Micho was facing his former team Rwanda that he left in May this year. In their last meeting in February in Kigali, the two sides settled for a 2-all draw in an International friendly.
The two sides will also face-off in the group stages of the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup slated for Nov. 27 to Dec. 12 in Kenya as they have been pooled in the same group.
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