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Pictorial: Uganda, Saudi Arabia Share Spoils in U23 Friendly

Friday, July 2
*Saudi Arabia 0-0 Uganda

Nothing could separate Uganda and Saudi Arabia as the two sides shared spoils in an Under-23 friendly played on Friday at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd stadium in Riyadh.

The two sides played a goalless draw in the first of two friendlies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

They will lock horns once again on July 5 as they look to sharpen for respective engagements.

Ugandaois using the camp to prepare for the upcoming CECAFA U23 Championship in Ethiopia later this month.

Saudi Arabia is in the final stages of their preparations for the Olympics tournament.

Kobs coach Morley Byekwaso will feel bothered after his side failed to find the back of the net but will look to build from positives like a clean sheet in a game played under hot temperatures.

Cranes will rue missed chances; Karim Watambala failed to notice a goalkeeper of his line while Richard Basangwa was denied by Muhamed Al-Rubaie in the first half.

Steven Mukwala could have broken the deadlock in the second stanza but lost balance after beating his mark.

Bobosi Byaruhanga had two good long range efforts that went off the target.

The Kobs could however live on borrowed time in the closing stages, surviving a flurry of attacks from the hosts.

Bright Anukani, Karim Watambala, Derrick Kakooza, Julius Poloto, Najib Yiga and goalkeeper Hassan Matovu were given playing minutes off the bench.

Saudi Arabia XI – Muhammad Al-Rubaie, Saud Abdul Hamid, Khalifa Al-Dosari, Abdul Basit Hindi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Ali Al-Hassan, Salman Al-Faraj, Ayman Al-Khalif, Sami Al-Najai, Abdul Rahman Gharib, Abdullah Al-Hamdan.

Uganda XI – Charles Lukwago, Enock Walusimbi, Aziz Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Peter Magambo, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Steven Sserwadda, Saidi Kyeyune, Richard Basangwa, Isma Mugulusi, Steven Mukwala

Action photos courtesy Saudi Arabia Football media

Aziz kayondo (right)
Bobosi Byaruhanga (left) closes on as Musa Ramathan looks on in the background
Walusimbi Enock (left)
Peter Magambo (13), Musa Ramathan (4) and Enock Walusimbi (right)
Bobosi Byaruhanga
Isma mugulusi
Bobosi Byaruhanga left down
Derrick Kakooza
Derrick Kakooza cries in pain
Referee talks with Saudi Arabia players after Uganda gets a freekick
Bobosi Byaruhanga puts his ball control skills on display
Karim Watambala trying to rob an aerial ball
Isma mugulusi closing in
Steven Mukwala tries to intercept a pass
Charles Lukwago and Steven Mukwala
Steven Sserwadda, Isma mugulusi and Peter Magambo
Musa Ramathan, Saidi Kyeyune and Bobosi Byaruhanga



Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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