Legends Match: Yusuf Kinene Inspires Uganda’s Fight Back Against Kenya

Wednesday, January 26
•Uganda Legends 3-3 Kenya Legends

Yusuf Kinene scored a brace as Uganda erased a 3-0 halftime deficit to draw with Kenya in the Legends match played at Maya play ground.

Boniface Ambani scored in the 15th minute of the game to put Kenya ahead, Oscar Kadende doubled their lead in the 17th minute before Ambani completed his double in the 34th minute.

Uganda legends struggled to cope with the pace of the Kenyans in the first half of the game.

Uganda legends goalkeeper Sam Kawalya. photo via Sanyukatv

But the hosts improved and their second half surge was soon rewarded when former Express FC player Hassan Mubiru pulled one back after the hour mark.

Kinene, who came off the bench, scored twice in 81st and 90th minute of the game as Uganda denied Kenya the bragging rights.

It was an impressive display for both sides but Kinene who played for Posta, Police, Top TV, KCCA, Mbale Heroes and Masaka LC among others, took the headlines for his late show on the day.

Action at Maya

The Uganda captain Ssimwogerere blamed failure to train as a team which led to disorganization in defence and hence conceding early in the game.

“We underestimated the Kenyans as our attitude was down and we conceded two goals in five minutes, as you know we ex internationals don’t train on a daily basis,” said Sim.

“In the second half we tried to balance the defence and it worked for us.”

Kenya Legends Player Musa Othieno called it a game of two halves but said that they had fun as ex internationals came together to share a lot of ideas.

“It was a game of two halves as Kenya dominated the first half and scored two beautiful goals as we led 3-0. In the second half we made a couple substitutions and we lost coordination in the team which gave Uganda a come back.”

“I am happy for the boys as this is a game for enjoyment and coming together as friends to share ideas both on and off the pitch.” Said Musa Othieno.

Uganda (all white) in action against Kenya

The two teams will face off in the second game at the Barifa stadium in Arua on the 28th January.

Team Lineups

Uganda Legends – Sam Kawalya, Dan Ntale, Abdullah Tabula, Robert Mukiibi, George Ssimwogerere, Godfrey Kateregga, Mohammed Byansi, Pius Ngabo, Joseph Mutyaba, Hassan Mubiru, Adolf Bola

Substitutes – Ibrahim Male, Jackson Nyima, Abbey Bana, Francis Gonzaga, Simon Musoke, Obadiah Ssemakula, George Kagulube

Kenya Legends – Omar Shaban, Julius Owino, Noah Abich, Joshua Oyando, Oscar Kadenge, Nicholas Mutonyi, Boniface Ambani, Edward Karanja, Peter Gor, Musa Othieno

Substitutes – Mohammed Fwaya, Reginald Asibwa, Francis Adwor, Bernard Onyango, Alfred Chege, Vincent Otieno, William Oloo, Shadrack Ateka, Willis Waliaula



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