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Cape Verde 0-1 Uganda Cranes

KAMPALA

Uganda Cranes kick started the 2019 Total Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) on a winning note away to Cape Verde on Sunday.

Substitute Geoffrey Sserunkuma, the 2016/2-17 Azam Uganda Premier League top scorer netted the sole goal at the Praia Stadium to make sure the team collected maximum points.

The KCCA FC striker replaced Emmanuel Okwi after 76 minutes and made his impact felt after only six minutes on the pitch with a close finish past the Cape Verde goalkeeper.

It was all celebration after the final whistle for the Uganda Cranes team who endured a difficult flight connection problem from Dakar, Senegal where seven players arrived in Cape Verde on Friday and the rest only made it late on Saturday, forcing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to push the game forward by 24 hours.

The home side started the game with lots of dominance, but the Cranes defenders stood firm and steady to keep them at bay. Skipper and goalkeeper Denis Onyango also made some key saves for the team.

After the win, the Uganda Cranes now top Group L with three points and one goal, while Tanzania and Lesotho who drew 1-1 on Saturday are joint second, while Cape Verde are bottom.

In the other games played on Sunday, the Black Stars of Ghana humbled Ethiopia 5-0, while Zimbabwe also picked a 3-0 win over Liberia in Harare. Rwanda lost 2-1 away to Central Africa and Benin best Gambia 1-0.

 
 

City Oilers are FUBA National Basketball Champions

 
 
 

KAMPALA

Defending champions City Oilers on Sunday night humbled Betway Power 78-46 in the game five finals of the National basketball league.

The Oilers who had already scored 3-1 in the best of seven finals series needed only a win to emerge champions of the finals.

Oilers largely dominated the games as they led the entire three quarters out-competing Power with a huge margin by the final whistle. A bad start for the Power side saw the first quarter end 24-10 while the second quarter ended 38-22.

In the third quarter, Oilers maintained the lead as they edged power 65-40. In the last quarter the Oilers took advantage of the exhausted Power defence to make over four pointers that sent City Oilers fans in jubilation.

Jimmy Enabu and Jonah Otim each made 15 points for the Oilers while Michael Kojo and Captain Joseph Ikong made 13 points each for the Power side.

Oilers Coach Monday Juruni said they deserved the win although power put up a good fight. He says as Oilers they look at each team as an opponent to reckon with, and the win is highly attributed to team work, motivation and discipline.

Powers Joseph Ikong described the game as the greatest loss they have registered. He said many of their turnovers cost them the poor game.

Oilers are now champions of the National Basketball League for the fourth time after wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 
 

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