Stars exit CHAN

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 Kiemba (with the ball) beats Uganda Cranes players in the first leg match Dar es Salaam. Photo: File

The youthful Uganda Cranes proved that they are a force to reckon with when they used their home ground well, hitting Taifa Stars 3-1 in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) return leg match at the Mandela Stadium yesterday.

The Cranes scored first in the seventh minute through Frank Kalanda before Amri Kiemba leveled for the Taifa Stars in the 18th minute when he used a Mrisho Ngasa pass to beat goalie Hamza Muwonge.

The second goal was registered by Brian Majweg in the 48th minute before Kalanda added the third in the 63rd minute.

The absence of Shomari Kapombe and Mwinyi Kazimoto, who did not travel with the team, was noticed as Uganda players met with less resistance from the positions they usually play.

The Ugandan side qualify for the South Africa finals for the home based players tourney on a 4-1 aggregate, having won 1-0 in the first leg match played in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago.

This is the second time Uganda qualify for the CHAN finals, having first made it first in the 2011 edition in Khartoum while Tanzania qualified for the inaugural edition of the championship in 2009 in the Ivory Coast.

Taifa Stars line-up was Juma Kaseja, Erasto Nyoni, David Luhende/Vincent Barnabas, Aggrey Morris, Kelvin Yondani, Athuman Idd, Frank Domayo/Simon Msuva, Salum Abubakar, John Bocco/Haruni Chanongo, Amri Kiemba and Mrisho Ngasa.