Uganda U-17 AFCON Qualification campaign started in a stalemate as they lost 0-1 to Ethiopia at Chamazi Stadium, Azam Sports Complex in Tanzania on Sunday.
Ethiopia took an early first half through Mintesnot Wakjira in the 13th who slotted it home past Oyo Delton.
Peter Onen’s side got an opportunity to level in the 17th minute through a spot kick but Ibrahim Ekellot take was denied by Ethiopia’s goalkeeper Alazar Malko.
Asaba Ivan came in for Iddi Abdulwahid in the fifty three minute for Uganda.Uganda Captain Kizito Mugweri Gavin was booked in 54th minute as the intensity of the game increased each passing minute.
Defender John Rogers came in for Mwaka Polycap in the 63rd to reinforce the defence while Alou John took over Yiga Najib’s place but all efforts were denied by Ethiopia’s backline.
Uganda U17 coach Onen remains optimistic despite the loss.
‘It is always hard to approach the first match in such a tournament but I am so optimistic that we shall succeed in our upcoming matches and more conscience is called for to avoid such losses’ said Onen