Uganda Cranes Fall to Algeria After Error-strewn Show

Kenneth Ssemakula (FUFA media photo)

Monday, June 10
*Uganda 1-2 Algeria


Uganda Cranes faced a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Algeria in their Group G match of the World Cup qualifiers, held at Namboole Stadium.

Uganda started strong, with Travis Mutyaba scoring a brilliant goal in the 10th minute.

His ferocious shot left Algerian goalkeeper Anthony Manderea stunned, sending a fully packed Namboole into a frenzy.

However, the momentum shifted in the second half. Algeria’s Roma star Houssem Aouar equalized just a minute after the restart, capitalizing on a defensive lapse by the Cranes.

The Ugandan defense failed to clear the danger, allowing Aouar to pounce and bring the visitors level.

Algeria sealed their victory with a goal from Lyon’s Said Benrahma, stemming from a series of unfortunate errors by Paul Put’s side.

Kenneth Ssemakula lost possession in Algeria’s half, sparking a swift counter-attack. Then Centre-back Halid Lwaliwa slipped while trying to intercept, leaving Benrahma to easily beat an onrushing goalkeeper Ismail Watenga and score into an unguarded net.

This loss marks Uganda’s second defeat in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, following an earlier loss to Guinea.

The Cranes remain on six points, having previously secured victories against Somalia and Botswana, with their last win also coming at Namboole.

For Algeria, the win signifies a return to form after their previous home defeat against Guinea, boosting their campaign for World Cup qualification.

Players Used

Uganda – Ismail Watenga, Kenneth Semakula, Isaac Muleme, Halidi Lwaliwa, Elio Capradossi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Ronald Ssekiganda, Fahad Bayo, Rogers Mato, Travis Mutyaba, Steven Mukwala

Algeria – Manderea Anthony, Mandi Aissa, Madani Mohammed, Ait Nouri Rayan, Atal Youcef, Ismael Bennacer, Bentaleb Nabil, Said Benrahma, Houssem Aouar, Mohammed Amoura, Baghdad Bounedjah

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