It’s exactly seven years and one week since Uganda Cranes played against Morocco in the CHAN tournament on 20th January 2014 in South Africa.
In that encounter, Morocco booked a quarter final place after a hard fought 3-1 win over the Milutin Sredejovic side then in a Group B tie at the Cape Town Stadium.
Abdessad Rafik, Lajour Mouhssine and Abdelkbir El Ouadi scored for the North Africans.
Morocco who needed a win to qualify for the last eight started well with an early goal through Abdessamd Rafik. Midfielder Fatah Said curved in a delightful cross that Rafik slotted well past Uganda’s goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan.
The Cranes then resorted to tight defending as the Moroccans dominated play.
After the interval Micho replaced Julius Ntambi for off colour Nicholas Wadada and the substitution paid dividends as the Cranes started to attack in numbers. Yunus Sentamu equalized for the Cranes in the 60th minute after finishing off a well chipped Vincent Kayizzi cross.
The Cranes mounted lots of pressure, but where again caught off guard in defence as Julius Ntambi failed to clear the ball and substitute Iajour Mouhssine made it 2-1 for Morocco.
The Cranes tried to attack in numbers and were caught on the break only for El Quadi to score in an empty net after his first attempt had been parried back by custodian Ochan.
It was a bad ending for the Cranes who had hoped to make history and qualify for their first ever quarter final at the CHAN tournament. in a major CAF tournament.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 26th January 2021, the will yet again lock horns with Morocco at Stade de la Reunification Douala in their final group C match aiming for nothing but only a win if they are to progress to the quarter final for the first time in history.