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Uganda Cranes: Mckinstry Targets Positive Start

Saturday, October 12
*Ethiopia Vs Uganda
Bahir Dar Stadium

New Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry will be seeking to get off the mark when his team face Ethiopia in an International Friendly on Sunday at 4PM.

This will be the first game for the Northern Irishman who replaced French coach Sebastien Desabre, now at Egyptian club Pyramids FC

Uganda’s last friendly was a 1-1 draw against Kenya in October under interim coach Abdallah Mubiru before the team of locally based players beat Burundi 3-0 in Bujumbura.

Abdul Lumala (left) and Milton Karisa (right) in training. FUFA

Mckinstry will use this friendly to gauge his foreign based players ahead of the upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifiers in November where Uganda is grouped alongside Burkina Faso, Malawi and South Sudan/Seychelles.

“I am very pleased with the session today,” Mckinstry said after Friday training session in Ethiopia. “Obviously players have arrived at different stages, we just made sure that everyone was involved today but people did different things; the guys who have been here did a full session and we got a good amount of work while those who arrived today did half session just to make sure that we didn’t overload them.”

“Overall, I am pleased with the technical level, energy in the group, enthusiasm and its a good starting point.”

The coach is expected to name a strong lineup in a bid to fetch a positive result so as he can lay down a strong marker for his reign.

The team that left on Thursday for Ethiopia, was boosted by the addition of two locally based players in Allan Kayiwa (Vipers) and Kirizestom Ntambi (Wakiso Giants).

Probable Cranes XI: Denis Onyango, Bevis Mugabi, Joseph Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awany, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Abdul Lumala, Patrick Kaddu, Emmanuel Okwi, Allan Kyambadde.


Previous Meetings:

The last meeting between Uganda and Ethiopia was a one all draw in 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge cup.

Uganda, under Moses Basena, came from a goal down to reach the semifinals, qualifying from group alongside Burundi.

Derrick Nsibambi is joined by teammates to celebrate Uganda’s late equaliser against Ethiopia in 2017 at Kakamega Stadium, Kenya in CECAFA. Courtesy photo

Derrick Nsibambi, then at KCCA FC, levelled matters in the 85th minute after Ethiopia had gone infront courtesy of a 22nd minute goal by Abdel Abubaker.

Uganda finished the game with 9 men after Isaac Muleme and Timothy Awany were sent off.

Beside the mentioned players above, Taddeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde, Milton Karisa and Nicholas Wadada are the other players in Ethiopia that played the 1-1 draw at Kakamega Stadium in 2017.

The last friendly encounter between the sides saw Uganda win 3-0 at Namboole in 2014 with Geoffrey Massa, Yunus Sentamu and Farouk Miya on target as Uganda prepared to face Ghana ahead of the 2015 Nations cup qualifiers, then.

Head to Head

2017: Ethiopia 1-1 Uganda (CECAFA)
2015: Ethiopia 0-0 Uganda (Cranes won in penalties) (CECAFA)
2014: Uganda 3-0 Ethiopia (Friendly)
2012: Uganda 2-0 Ethiopia (CECAFA)
2012: Uganda 1-0 Ethiopia (CECAFA)
2010: Ethiopia 3-4 Uganda (CECAFA)

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