Uganda Cranes’ winless run against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa will continue at least for now.
This is because, the Cranes threw away a first half lead to lose 3-2 against their hosts at the Orlando stadium in an international friendly game played on Thursday evening.
Ibrahim Orit scored on 18 minutes and thus, the two teams went into the break with the visitors in front.
Upon resumption however, the home side looked hungrier and indeed, their appetite for goals yielded fruits a few minutes later.
Uganda went down 2-1 in a flash! A brace by substitute Evidence Makgopa and a goal by Bongokuhle Hlongwane made sure that the South Africans continue to enjoy an unbeaten run over the Cranes.
In all the three goals, lack of communication between goalkeeper Ismael Watenga and his defense was evident.
Watenga, who returned to the Cranes after close to six years, could hardly command the backline that had Murushid Juuko and Halid Lwaliwa.
And on the left, Mustafa Kizza looked to be out of position Everytime Bafana Bafana went into the attack.
Despite being in ascendency, the hosts conceded towards the 90 minute mark making it 3-2 for Uganda.
Abdul Lumala, who came on for Allan Okello was the man who thought the Abdallah Mubiru coached side could lose but respectfully.
Like Uganda, their counterparts too used the game to test a number of first timers. And the victory over the Cranes couldn’t get sweeter for a side which was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
South Africa was handled by the second assistant coach and missed a couple of experienced players all due to being covid-19 positive.
In the same vein, Cranes new captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi started his journey as team leader, a role he assumed after being named as Denis Onyango’s successor who had retired from the national side.