Uganda Hippos with 15 minutes left of normal time to play, surrendered a two goal lead to draw 2-2 in the last group A game against Sudan at Pece war memorial Stadium.
Uganda needed three points to top the group and a draw guaranteed the hosts finished third.
KCCA FC attacker Steven Sserwadda gave Uganda the lead in the 20th minute and it seemed finished when Bright Anukani doubled in the 60th minute.
Ammar Mohammed headed in the first for Sudan from a corner in 73th minute and star man Abbas Namir levelled matters with a cracker with only five minutes of normal time left on the clock.
Young star Ivan ‘Di Maria’ Asaba, Bright Anukani and Hassan Senyonjo were on top of the their game in the first half but couldn’t emulate the same peformance in the second half.
Coach Morley Byekwaso first introduced Isma Mugulusi in the 70th minute and shortly made double substitutions and brought on Ivan Bogere and Najib Iga for Sadat Anaku & Steven Sserwadda but his changes were not effective.
Uganda finished third in Group A and will play the leader of Group B in the quarter finals slated for Sunday.
Despite the average display, Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso is hopeful the team can achieve the target.
It wasn’t a bad a game, our intention was to win the the game, we tried to play according to the plan up to the 75th minute, but the size of players, having many short ones as well cost us playing against tall Sudan players, but we shall continue improving in a every game and the team is improving more so on how we use the ball so we can still make it.
Sudan play South Sudan, Burundi will take on first runners up in group B (B2), group A leaders Eritrea will face the second runners of group B (B3) and the venues are yet to be confirmed of which games will be played in FUFA technical Njeru and in Pece War memorial Stadium.
In the earlier group A fixture, Eritrea thumped Djibouti 7-0 to top the group with five points.
Hippos Starting XI Vs Sudan
Denis Otim (1), Kayondo Aziz Abdul(3), Joseph Kafumbe (14), Gavin Kizito (5), Sadam Masereka (20) Kenneth Semakula (4), Hassan Senyonjo (12), Ivan Asaba (11), Steven Sserwadda (8), Bright Anukani (6), Anaku Happy (10)
Subs: Jack Komakech (18), Patrick Mubiru (19), Kevin Ssekimbegge (2), Robert Kitabalwa (16), Isma Mugulusi (15) , Najib Yiga (7),Ivan Bogere (9), Derrick Kigundu
Coach : Morley Byekwaso
Referee: Israel Mpaima
1st Assistant referee: Yatayew Belechew
2nd Assistant referee: Mahadi Ali
4th Official: Lemma Neguise
Match coordinator: Othman Sulaiman
Referee Assessor: Ghirmai Yohannes
Technical study Group: Nicholas Yakhama
Media officer: Ahmed Hussein