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Friendly: Dream Start For Mckinstry As Uganda Beat Ethiopia

Sunday, October 13
*Ethiopia 0-1 Uganda

New Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry got off the mark with a 1-0 win away to Ethiopia in an international friendly played on Saturday.

Al Ittihad striker Emmanuel Okwi planted a header home off Joseph Ochaya’s delivery in the 20th minute to hand Mckinstry his first win on his debut as Cranes coach.

“Very pleased for all the players, staff and officials to secure a 1-0 away win over Ethiopia to kick-start the next phase of development for the Uganda Cranes,” tweeted the Irishman.

“It is only the beginning, but together we have taken the first steps on the journey together.”

The Cranes will touch base at Entebbe International airport on Monday evening, but most players are expected to connect direct with their clubs – Mckinstry is expected to join the CHAN team which started training on Sunday ahead of Saturday return leg against Burundi.

Abdul Lumala (red) tries to find his way against Ethiopia. FUFA
Jonathan Mckinstry (3rd left). FUFA

The team of foreign based stars is expected to play two AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi slated for 11th and 19th of November 2019, respectively.

The team that beat Ethiopia had two local based players – Allan Kayiwa (Vipers) and Kirizestom Ntambi (Wakiso Giants).

Uganda Cranes team used:

Cranes XI – Denis Onyango (GK, Captain), Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi (Nico Wakiro Wadada), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Bevis Mugabi Kristoper Kizito, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Allan Kyambadde (Kirizestom Ntambi), Abdu Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu (Isaac Muleme), William Kizito Luwagga (Moses Opondo)

Substitutes Not Used:
Robert Odongkara (G.K), Timothy Denis Awany, Milton Karisa, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kayiwa

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