Uganda draw their second match of Group A COSAFA youth championship with Swaziland as they came from behind to lead before their superior scores were frustrated by Mamba at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia this evening.
The East African side came in much motivated having won their opening match against holders Zambia on Wednesday whereas Swaziland defeat in their first fixture to Malawi must have been the spirit behind cooling the Hippos.
gave Swaziland the lead at the 24th minutes before Shaban leveled the scores for Uganda at the 30th minutes. Meanwhile Allan Okello’s goal at the 52nd minutes completed the comeback for Uganda before the lead was neutralized by O. Mamba at the 90th minutes.
At the 4th minutes, Tsabedze scored following a counter attack but his goal was cancelled because of offside but 20 minutes later the striker reacted fastest on the edge of the box to fire into the top right corner.
Meanwhile Muhammed Shaban capitalized on a rebound to score his 3rd goal of the tournament. At the 30th minutes, goal keeper Mlamuli Lukhele punched off a flick ball before the 19-year-old Ugandan striker headed into the net.
During the second half, in a counter attack scenario Allan Okello beat Shaky Lukhele at the near post before firing into the net to put the Hippos in charge for the mean time.
Ordee Mamba just before added time was displaced restored order for Swaziland after beating an off side trap.
Shaban whose shots at goal were saved by Lukhele in a couple of occasions was red carded following his second booking. Also Swaziland player M. Dlamini was red carded at the injury time after Shaban.
Before first half ended, Mustafa Kizza forced Lukhele to a save from a dangerous free kick before Shaban headed off the bar.
Swaziland could have also won the match if not for wastages by Shabalala, Gamedze Saviola, and Muzi.
The draw Swaziland managed from an experienced Ugandan side puts them 3rd on the table with a point whereas Uganda leads the table with 4 points in spite of having similar points like Malawi’s but a superior goal difference.
Both teams will rest for two days and return for final fixtures of the group stages in which Uganda seek to disconnect themselves from Malawi pointwise in their encounter as Swaziland will seek consolation from Zambia.