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Pre-Chan tourney: Brilliant Uganda ease to victory over wasteful Zambia

• Uganda confirmed their supremacy against Zambia with a master-class display resulting to a 2-0 win. 

By Beng Emmanuel 

Uganda beat Zambia 2-0 to become the first nation to record a win in the four nations Pre-Chan tournament this Monday at the Annex of the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.  

Ssekajugo Viane scored from a tap-in in the first half while Charles Kalumba second half own goal helped Uganda triumph in a game they dominated, two days after sharing the spoils with Cameroon in their opener.  

Uganda made a timid start to the game before a rather refined Zambia side but faded form to make an enviable first half which resulted to an admirable display and a narrow win at the break. 

Zambia produced some moments of magic but were wasteful on several instances with inglorious finishes.

Emmanuel Chabula misused two glaring chances to reduce damages; Alionzi Nafian excellently punched out his first attempt. His second effort-which was the last kick of the first half hit the post before it was cleared-off timely. 

Zambia’s goalkeeper Charles Kalumba added more misery to his side’s misfortunes with an own goal. He unfortunately slotted in from close range in a build-up orchestrated by Uganda’s Mukwala Steven. This put them in an uncomfortable situation although they had begun showing glimpses of brilliance. 

Uganda is the first team to pick up a win in the on-going four nations tournament. Cameroon face Niger in the second game. 

Uganda and Zambia are both qualified for the African Nations Football Championship to begin on January 16 in Cameroon.

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