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AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Ochaya Ruled Out Of Return Leg Against South Sudan In Nairobi

Joseph Benson Ochaya being dribbled past by South Sudan forward Tito Okello Odong Photo: FUFA TV

Uganda Cranes and TP Mazembe left back Joseph Bension Ochaya has been ruled out of the return leg between resilient South Sudan and Uganda in a fortnight during the 2021 AFCON Group B in Nairobi on Monday 16th November 2020. 

The development comes after Ochaya was cautioned in the game at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Thursday during the cranes hard fought 1-0 win at the expenses of the South Sudan Bright Stars. 

“Definitely, we shall miss Ochaya because of the caution he got at Kitende. We plan to make changes in the team that played,” Johnathan McKinstry, Uganda Cranes head coach told reporters after the game.

With Ochaya now suspended and Alex Kakuba pulling out of the squad before the first leg, the onus now lies on Galiwango, the remaining natural left back on the team.

Ochaya was an instrumental pillar in the match at St Mary’s Kitende as he provided a couple of odd assists with a low laid ball for striker Paul Derrick Nsibambi in the first half and several flying diagonal passes to the same player.

He was then fouled for the free-kick that Faruku Miya swung in for the goal headed by Halid Lwaliwa.

Ochaya got cautioned by Congo Brazzaville FIFA Referee Messie Jessie Oved Nkounkou Mvoutou for a foul on Rehan Angier Malong in the closing moments of the game before Miya’s curling delivery was headed home by defender Lwaliwa.

The Uganda Cranes technical wing is also sweating over the fitness levels of defender Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu and holding midfielder Khalid Aucho.

Mukiibi was replaced by Lwaliwa after pulling a hamstring and Aucho limped out for youngster Karim Watambala.

The 1-0 win over South Sudan was a turning point for Watambala and South End United right back Elvis Bwomono who both earned their first senior team caps.

The Uganda Cranes team will depart for Nairobi on Saturday ahead of the return leg at Nyayo National Stadium. Their opponents arrived on Friday evening aboard Kenya Airways (KQ). 

Sources: Kawowo Sport.

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