Sunday, August 29
*Ethiopia 2-1 Uganda
Ethiopia beat Uganda Cranes in an international friendly at Bahir Dar Stadium on Sunday in Micho’s first game in charge.
Yunus Ssentamu’s long range strike was not enough as Micho’s reign as Uganda Cranes coach started on a low note.
Ethiopia took the lead through Nasir Abubaker before Abel Yelew doubled the lead in the 54th minute.
Uganda were on the back foot for the best part of the game as the hosts controlled proceedings.
Uganda Cranes had a late chance to level matters but Joseph Ochaya was denied by the post from the feeekick.
Watenga, who was later taken off for Charles Lukwago, was called out on various occasions and had a keeper-to- beat save at the stroke of half time.
Shafic Kagimu, Richard Basangwa, scorer Ssentamu among others were introduced in from the bench as Micho tried to gauge his players in a game-situation.
Its a blow that may deprive Uganda’s confidence ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
The Uganda Cranes face Harambee Stars away in Kenya on September 2 before hosting Mali at Kitende four days later.
Its the first loss for the Cranes against Ethiopia since 1988 Cecafa, with a similar scoreline as Sunday’s.
Ethiopia who earlier played out a goalless draw with Sierra Leone earlier, visit Ghana on September 3 and host Zimbabwe in World Cup Qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes starting Lineup – Ismail Watenga, Enock Walusimbi, Joseph Ochaya, Halid Lwaliwa, Murushid Juuko, Denis Iguma, Khalid Aucho, Moses Waiswa, Milton Karisa, Emmanuel Okwi, Abdul Lumala