Uganda Cranes: Bayo, Watambala On Target In Practice Match

Football National Teams Uganda Cranes

Saturday, November 30
*Gaddafi FC 0-2 Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes beat regional league club Gaddafi FC 2-0 in a practice match played at Bugembe Stadium, Jinja.

Vipers’ duo striker Fahad Bayo and young midfielder Karim Watambala were on target for the Cranes who are preparing for the forthcoming 2019 CECAFA senior Challenge cup.

The hosts, who ply their trade in the Eastern regional league, held Cranes to a goalless first half before succumbing to Cranes’ superiority.

Steven Mukwala in action. FUFA

Bashir Magumba missed from the spot for Gaddafi FC.

Speaking after the game, Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry commented that the game was another step in the team’s preparations.

Right to left: Jonathan Mckinstry, Abdallah Mubiru, Livingston Mbabazi, Fred Kajob, Geoffrey Massa. FUFA

“We have had three training days before today’s game, this was another part of training program because once we can do things in practice, its easier to replicate them and that doesn’t matter what level of opponents you we face,” said the Northern Irishman.

“Gaddafi played with a lot of energy, they were really up for it, there was great enthusiasm and that put us on pressure.

“However, my boys did well and everyone got minutes which was important and it showed us something. I was pleased by many things though there are still others we need to work on.”

Cranes starting XI. FUFA

Mckinstry also praised youngster Watambala, just like other young players on the squad but stressed that he doesn’t look at just the age but one’s ability.

“Watambala has talent. He had a good day today with a goal and am pleased with him. Its a good start for him but there is a lot of work to be done.”

Shafic Kagimu in action. FUFA

Gaddafi FC XI – Mujampani Paul (GK), Wako Ivan, Nazir Sserwada, Muyanga Isaac, Magumba Bakari, Kyeyune Umar, Ziraba Sharif, Mark Bamukyaye, Obere Ronald, Ronald Bithum, Nkolo Blaise

*Uganda Cranes XI

  1. Joel Mutakubwa (GK) (Kyetume)
  2. Ashraf Mandela (URA FC)
  3. Disan Galiwango (Express FC)
  4. Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC)
  5. Paul Mbowa (URA FC)
  6. Hassan Senyonjo (Wakiso Giants)
  7. Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC)
  8. Karim Watambala (Vipers SC)
  9. Steven Mukwala (Maroons FC)
  10. Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants)
  11. Joachim Ojera (URA FC),

Substitutes:
James Alitho (GK)(URA), Jack Komakeck (GK)( (Football For Good),
Said Keni (GK)( (SC Villa),
Paul Willa (Vipers SC),
Ben Ocen (Police FC),
Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers SC),
Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC),

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