URA triumph over Ethiopian Bunna in opening leg of CAF Confederation Cup | Preliminary Round

CAF Confederation Cup (Preliminary Round, 1st Leg): URA (Uganda) 2-1 Ethiopian Bunna (Ethiopia) Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club triumphed over Ethiopian Bunna (Coffee) 2-1 during the opening leg of the CAF Confederation Cup (preliminary round) at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Sunday. Fast paced forward Steven Desse Mukwala scored a first half brace […] The post URA triumph over Ethiopian Bunna in opening leg of CAF Confederation Cup | Preliminary Round appeared first on Kawowo Sports.

URA triumph over Ethiopian Bunna in opening leg of CAF Confederation Cup | Preliminary Round

CAF Confederation Cup (Preliminary Round, 1st Leg):

URA (Uganda) 2-1 Ethiopian Bunna (Ethiopia)

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club triumphed over Ethiopian Bunna (Coffee) 2-1 during the opening leg of the CAF Confederation Cup (preliminary round) at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Sunday.

Fast paced forward Steven Desse Mukwala scored a first half brace for the home side before immensely gifted William Solomon Tesfay pulled a valuable goal for the visitors in the closing half.

The first of Mukwala’s two goals was a header off another headed assist from new recruit Viane Ssekajugo in the 22nd minute.

The second goal came as a curler from30 yards past the diving goalkeeper Abel Mamo Gebreyohans with 8 minutes to play.

Ethiopian Coffee had a false start when their talisman Gudisa Mekonen picked an injury as early as the third minute.

Gudisa returned to the field of play after medication.

Ethiopian Coffee’s William Solomon Tesfay takes on Saidi Kyeyune (URA) at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende [Credit: John Batanudde]

URA’s first attack came in the 5th minute with a long ball from Ashraf Mandela finding Mukwala in off-side position.

Two minutes later, Ahmed Nasir Abubeker had a shot blocked from 35 yards.

Bunna maintained their confidence on the ball and in the 10th minute, captain Gamo had a distant shot collected by URA goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi

URA’s Mandela tried from distance but the effort flew over the bar

On the quarter hour mark, URA captain Shafik Kagimu shot narrowly wide of goal from 20 yards.

Derrick Ndahiro in action against Ethiopian Coffee at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (Credit: John Batanudde)

It was Kagimu again after 20 minutes, releasing Mukwala but a poor first touch for the latter denied URA an opportunity to shoot to the opposition.

Moments later, Kagimu laid the ball from the left for Cromwel Rwothomio but goalkeeper Abel Mamo Gebreyohas was quicker off the line to tame the threat

Mukwala broke the deadlock with a well-timed header in the 22nd minute.

This followed a decent cross from the left by Derrick Ndahiiro towards Ssekajugo who set up Mukwala with a header.

Five minutes later, Mukwala missed an opportunity to double the score but he miskicked the ball from close range.

With ten minutes to end the opening half, midfielder Saidi Kyeyune  had a corner kick well defended by Tonjo Asrat.

Mukwala made it two with a quality curler from 25 yards after a good swung in cross from the right by Mandela.

The visitors were forced into a substitution when Zalaka Alazare was introduced for Mekonen Gudisa Mikeyas in the 39th minute.

URA goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi pocketed William Solomon Tesfay’s curler from the right flank and Haile Gebretinsae Gebrekirstos shot away off target moments later.

The only caution of the first half came on the stroke of half time for Solomon Tefesse Shewamene.

Gamo shot narrowly wide from 20 yards as the Ethiopians built confidence in the second half.

William Solomon Tesfay pulled a goal back for Ethiopian Coffee with a sublime finish past goalkeeper Alionzi.

He was cautioned for removing his shirt after scoring.

URA reacted with a change with the introduction of towering midfielder Ivan Sserubiri for left winger Viane Ssekajugo in the 56th minute.

On the hour mark, Yalew Debalke Endale had a shot blocked by URA defender Fesali Najib.

Kagimu shot off the left foot and the deflection only won them a corner kick.

Rwothomio recovered from a knock to push on after receiving medication.

URA captain Kagimu was replaced by winger Joackiam Ojera with 20 minutes to play as midfielder Paul Patrick Mbowa took over the arm band and leadership duties for the home side.

Mbowa led by example with a distant shot well saved by the goalkeeper  Mamo.

The third change for the tax collectors witnessed Living Kabon take over Rwothimio’s place in the final 10 minute.

Ethiopian Coffee striker Yalew Debalke Endale missed finding the equalizer with a shot narrowly off target

Seyoum Tesfaye Moges replaced Haile Gebretinsae Gebrekirstos in the 85th minute.

The return leg will be held on Saturday, 18th September 2021 at the Bahir Dar International Stadium.

URA XI Vs Ethiopian Coffee (Credit: John Batanudde)

Team Line Ups:
URA XI:
Alionzi Nafian Legason (G.K), Ashraf Mandela, Derrick Ndhiro, Hudu Mulikyi, Najib Fesali, Patrick Paul Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (Captain), Cromwel Rwothomio, Steven Desse Mukwala, Viane Ssekajugo

Subs: James Alitho (G.K), Joackiam Ojera, Mikidadi Ssenyonga, Living Kabon, Ivan Sserubiri, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Ronald Kigongo, Ibrahim Dada, Faruku Katongole

Ethiopian Coffee XI (Credit: John Batanudde)

Ethiopian Bunna (Coffee XI): Abel Mamo Gebreyohas (G.K),  Abebe Tilahun Feyissa, Wondeminhe Dereji Shewamene, Haile Gebretinsae Gebrekirstos, Asrat Tonjo Toylo, Solomon Shewamene Tefesse, Amanuel Yohannes Gamo (Captain), William Solomon Tesfay, Ahmed Nasir Abubeker, Yalem Debalke Endale, Mekonen Gudisa Mikeyas

Subs: Bereket Amare Kidanu (G.K), Abel Endale Gizaw, Meta Tediros, Redwan Ahmed, Seyoum Tesfaye Moges, Alazare Zalaka, Robel Bahta, Alemu Yeabkal, Nathnael Abreha

Match officials:

Center Referee: Elly Ally Sasii (Tanzania)

First Assistant Referee: Salim Mkono Mohamed (Tanzania)

Second Assistant Referee: Sief Mpanha Kassim

Fourth official: Martin Eliphas Saanya (Tanzania)

Match commissioner: Sebit Librato Begi Rassas (South Sudan)

Referee Assessor: Michel Gasingwa (Rwanda)

COVID-19 Officer: Dr. James Sekajugo (Uganda)

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