The commencement of the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and the conclusion of the 2022 FUFA Drum turned out to be the biggest football events involving Uganda from the weekend.
CHAN was postponed from 2022 to 2023 due to the Coronavirus pandemic and it finally got underway on Friday in Algeria.
Hosts Algeria kick-started with a slim 1-0 win over Libya courtesy of Aymen Mahious’ 57th-minute penalty in Group A.
Saturday saw six teams in action to start their tournament, including Uganda against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group B.
The Uganda Cranes and DRC played out to a goalless stalemate and Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s charges will return to action on Wednesday against Senegal for their second game of the tourney.
Senegal got off to a winning start thanks to Moussa Ndiaye’s 77th-minute strike against Ivory Coast in Group B.
On the same day, Ethiopia and Mozambique could not be separated following a barren draw in Group A.
On Sunday, Madagascar picked up a huge 2-1 victory over African giants Ghana in Group C.
Tokinantenaina Olivier and Solomampionona Koloina scored for the former in the 10th and 61st minute respectively before Augustine Agyapong pulled one back for the latter in the 67th minute.
The other Group C game between Morocco and Sudan that was meant to be played on Sunday was not played.
Morocco’s issue of not taking part in the competition has grown further to an extent that it is now showing the ugly scene of the game in Africa.
The issue is generated from the fact that Moroccans were denied a direct flight from Rabat to Constantine due to political tensions between them and Algeria.
The two-time champions indicated that they had pulled out of the competition but it was later reported that they would take part surprisingly they did not appear on the pitch for the game against Sudan on Sunday.
On the other hand, Sudan went through their warmups, anthems were sung, protocol photos were taken, referee greetings happened and later Sudan were considered 3-0 winners due to the absence of Morocco.
Meanwhile, the third edition of the FUFA Drum came to an end with the West Nile Province clinching the holy grail.
They edged Lango Province 3-2 on aggregate in a two-legged final. Following their 2-0 victory in the first leg as hosts, they lost 2-1 on the road and Rashid Toha’s away goal proved the difference.
Lango’s Allan Okello (four goals) and Denis Omedi finished as the top scorer and Most Valuable Player respectively while West Nile’s Nafian Alionzi was the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
The Fair Play Award went to Tooro Province while West Nile’s Toha was named the man of the match in the final.