Uganda’s sole representatives at the inaugural Nile Basin CupSports Club Victoria University (SCVU) advanced to the quarter finals on Sunday night.
SCVU was impressive but wasteful in the goalless draw against Sudanese side El-Merreikh and had beaten South Sudan’s Malakia in a 1-0 victory in their opening game courtesy of Murshid Jjuko goal.
Both sides are now through to the last eight despite being level on four points in group A. The Sudanese side sits top with a better goal difference.
The home side’s fans shouted at their players shortly after the last whistle to express dissatisfaction over what they termed as ‘an embarrassing on Sunday evening.
Both the Sudanese fans and the players seem to have under estimated their opponents from Uganda who offered the best efforts to deny the home side a win.
But Al-Merreikh’s tactician Martin Otto Pfister confessed having played a strong and tactical side. “They are [Victoria University]tactically good, they denied us playing spaces and made our movements very limited,” he said.
SCVU’s Morley Byekwaso was more positive about having picked a point. “I believe we were the better team. But like we always say, one game at a time. Our focus now is to get to the semifinals.”
Despite Jackson Kibirige hitting the post and Ceasar Sapeo missing a close opportunity, Benjamin Ochan was equally impressive pulling off several saves to keep a second successive cleansheet.
The Ugandan side now lies second in group B with a date against Zanzibar’s Polisi on Tuesday evening.
The tension packed match officiated by Kenya’s Andrew Otieno saw both clubs putting several open chances to waste. A total of nine yellow cards were given out in the 90 minutes of the game.
Additional reporting by scvu website.