Uganda Cranes kicked off the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a barren stalemate against Kenya at Nyayo National Stadium.

The Cranes, playing their first competitive game under coach Milutin Micho Sredejovich, defended tirelessly in a game they looked the second best at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

The Cranes thought they were awarded a penalty when Joseph Okumu brought down Milton Karisa but the referee overturned his decision to award a freekick after consulting his assistant who was convinced that the foul was outside the box.

Joseph Ochaya, from the resultant freekick, fired poorly and wide Uganda’s best chance on the day.

The Cranes defence, led by Murushid Juuko will take great credit for fending off resistance from Kenya skipper Michael Olunga.

Micho will be convinced with the performance but will be worried after Emmanuel Okwi and Halid Lwaliwa were stretchered off injured before the break.

Uganda will Mali at Kitende next Monday in the second match of the qualifiers.

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