By Fred Hidula
Uganda Cranes Squad (camped at Kabira Country Club)
The two Uganda National teams preparing for AFCON and COSAFA tournaments had a practice match on Thursday evening at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and it ended all square.
Allan Kayiwa was on target in the 25th minute as he headed in a well curled Mustafa Kizza corner to give the COSAFA bound Uganda Cranes team the ead. It was in the 72nd minute that Patrick Kaddu restored parity for the other Cranes Squad.
The entertaining match was watched by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and it was also open to the public which never disappointed but cheered up the boys as everyone got a side to support.
The Uganda Cranes team camped at Sky Hotel will leave on Friday morning to Western Uganda for a regional tour match due on Saturday at Bushenyi Main Ground.
At the end of the match, the Uganda Cranes Head Coach Sebastien Desabre expressed his delight by display from both the teams and said that Uganda is such a country gifted with plenty of talent.
‘I am happy for both teams,. They have all had a wonderful display for the day. Today’s game showed that Uganda has a lot of football talent which reflects a bright future. We now have a total of thirty-five players in camp and easy for us to choose from’ said Desabre
Abdallah Mubiru the coach in charge of the Uganda Cranes COSAFA bound team appreciated his boy for the wonderful free flowing football and the challenge put up against their opponents.
‘It was such a wonderful display from my boys. It wa a great show against the experienced players and I like the challenge because the AFCON bound team is far much experienced than the COSAFA team. There is a lot we have learned as the technical team and the players’ said Mubiru.
How the teams lined up
AFCON Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (GK), Hassan Wasswa, Bevis Mugabi, Timothy Awany, Godfrey Walusimbi, Sadam Juma (Moses Waiswa), Tadeo Lwanga, Juma Balinya (Khalid Aucho), Allan Okello (Daniel Isiagi), Patrick Kaddu (Disan Galiwango) & Allan Okello, (Dan Sserunkuma)
Unused: James Alitho (GK) AND Mustafa Mujuzi
COSAFA Cranes XI
Saidi Keni (GK) ((Jack Komakech GK) , Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza (Hassan Musana) ,Isaac Isinde (Patrick Mbowa) ,John Revita,Muzamir Mutyaba(Ivan Eyam) , Nicholas Kasozi (David Owori) , Allan Kayiwa (Bright Anukani) , Shafik Kagimu (Bashir Mutanda) , Paul Mucureezi & Michael Birungi
# Adopted from FUFA Website.