Uganda Cranes Fall To Tanzania In Friendly

Saturday, September 24
•Tanzania 1-0 Uganda


Uganda Cranes ended their International Friendly adventure with a 1-0 loss to neighbors Tanzania on Saturday.

Simon Msuva scored the only goal of the game in the 28th minute in a closely contested affair in Benghazi, Libya.

The Cranes’ team of largely U23 players had earlier played a goalless draw with hosts Libya on Wednesday.

On Saturday against Tanzania, Coach Micho made six changes from the team that faced Libya, with Giosue Bellagambi paving way for Denis Otim in goal while Musa Ramathan, Hilary Mukundane, Bright Anukani, Derrick Kakooza and Rogers Mato all didn’t start.

Tanzania who fielded their senior side, were the better side on the night, and could have scored earlier when right back Shomari Kibwana picked Mbwana Samatta whose header was finger-tipped by Otim for a corner.

And it’s from that corner where Tanzania got a breakthrough; Simon Msuva managed to free himself from a marker to head in at near post.

Uganda almost found an early response when Ndahiro cut inside to find Richard Basangwa but his diving header was kept out by goalkeeper Beno Kakolanya.

Uganda Cranes XI. FUFA photo

And Tanzania held on before the final whistle to avenge for Cranes loss in CHAN Qualifiers recently.

The loss gives Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic more work as the team prepares for the 2023 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Uganda Kobs, having received a bye to the second round, will face Guinea in the penultimate round of qualifiers next month in a home and away tie.

The Kobs visit Guinea on October 20 before hosting the side a week later at Kitende, with the winner possibly in Nigeria’s path as teams vie for the finals in Morocco next year.

Players Used

Uganda – Denis Otim, Hillary Mukundane, Gavin Kizito, Derrick Ndahiro, Ibrahim Juma, Kenneth Ssemakula, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Ismail Mugulusi, Steven Sserwadda, Titus Ssematimba, Richard Basangwa

Tanzania – Beno Kakolanya, Kibwana Shomari, David Lubende, Dickson Job, Abdallah Mfuko, Mao Himid, Mzamiru Yassin, Said Khamis, Simon Msuva, Mbwana Samatta, Lusajo Reliants

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