2015 Cecafa defending champions Uganda were held to a barren drawn by Burundi in their opening Pool B match of the 2017 Cecafa tournament at the Kakamega Bukhungu Stadium on Monday.
Uganda started the match better, putting their opponents at bay, with Jonathan Nahimana being called to action as early as the third minute to deny Isaac Muleeme whose free-kick looked set to hit the back of the net.
Burundi should have won it at the death but Cranes defender Nicholas Wadada cleared off the line after the ball had bounced invitingly for Hussein Shaban in the 89th minute.
Former Sofapaka talisman Abdoul Fiston was at the heart of every promising move that Burundi created, using his trickery and pace to weave past defenders but in the end it didn’t lift Burundi.
Cranes finished the game with 70 percent possession with seven attempts at goal with only two on target while Burundi made a record fouls for a single game in the tournament with 19 and finished with five shots with two on target.
Burundi top the group by virtue of alphabetical order with Uganda in second. Ethiopia and South Sudan, the other teams in the group will play on Tuesday