Uganda and guest team Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) settled for a goal-less draw in the opening fixture of group A in the 2021 Cecafa Challenge Cup.
The contest took place at the Bahir Dar International Stadium on Sunday.
The competition that in previous editions attracted senior national teams of the Central and East African region, has since changed to under 23.
The lunch time kick off match saw both sides not only engaging each other with extreme physique but also create numerous scoring opportunities.
However, a combination of strong backlines and blunt forwards meant no team celebrated a goal throughout the 90 minutes.
Uganda came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half only for striker Derrick Kakooza to tap wide a delivery from captain Enock Walusimbi.
Earlier in the first stanza, midfielder Steven Sserwadda had limped off and hence create room for Bright Anukani.
As the second half progressed, Kakooza and Steven Mukwala paved way for Najib Yiga and Samuel Ssenyonjo respectively.
With 15 minutes to play, coach Morley Byekwaso made another double substitution bringing on Abdallah Salim and Sadam Masereka for Julius Poloto and Karim Watambala respectively.
After the final whistle, Byekwaso described the result as fair but decried the lack of sharpness by his frontline.
“I have to thank the players for the point and the brave display. We failed to finish and take away the chances created. DR Congo players are well built and physical. We need to go back to the drawing board as we plan for the next match’ Byekwaso told the post match press conference,” he said.
Uganda will take on Tanzania in their second game on July 25, 2021.