Chan 2018 Q: Basena passes first test as Uganda Cranes edge Rwanda
Muzamir Mutyaba inspired Uganda Cranes to a 3-0 victory over Rwanda in the first leg of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship qualifiers played at the St. Mary's stadium in Kitende.
The KCCA FC playmaker stepped forward to convert from the spot just at the quarter hour mark.
Mutyaba added the second in the 25th before Nsibambi killed the game six minutes into the second stanza.
In his first match in full charge of the national team, interim Coach Basena opted to maintain Micho's previous formation with Nsibambi and Karisa leading the pack as Mucureezi came off the bench at the hour mark to replace Mutyaba.
Rwanda will now have to scheme for four unanswered goals when the two meet in the second leg in Kigali next week.
The winner of the tier qualifies to the January finals to be held in Kenya.
Uganda Cranes: Ismael Watenga, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Savio Kabugo, Bernard Muwanga, Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa, Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafiq Kagimu
Subs: Benjamin Ochan, Rashid Toha, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Ssekisambu, Paul Mucureezi, Tom Masiko, Muhammed Shaban
Rwanda: Marcel Nzarora, Djihad Bizimana, Aimable Rucogoza, Thierry Manzi, Aimable Nsabimana, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Eric Iradukunda, Olivier Niyonzima, Yannick Mukunzi, Barnabe Mubumbyi, Dominique Savio Nshuti
Subs: Yves Kimenyi, Soter Kayumba, Latif Bishira, Jean Marie Vianney Muvandimwe, Kevin Muhire, Abeddy Biramahire, Amran Nshimiyimana