Wednesday, September 28
•Seychelles Vs Senegal
•South Africa Vs Mozambique
•Mauritius Vs Tanzania
•Egypt Vs Uganda – 5:30pm
Uganda’s National beach soccer team the Sand Cranes are unbeaten in two games under Angelo Schrinizi, scoring 13 goals and conceding only four in the COSAFA Beach Soccer Championship but the tactician is yet to comfortably celebrate his side’s “mini-success”.
Uganda beat Tanzania 4-2 on Sunday and later finished off Mauritius with a 9-2 victory on Monday afternoon.
Newly appointed Head Coach Angelo Schrinizi doesn’t seem content with the two wins as he anticipates playing stronger sides than Tanzania, and Mauritius which to him are less experienced opponents.
Angelo was appointed Head coach this month to replace Salim Jamal Muwonge and this stands to be his second victory in the two games he has been in charge of the Sand Cranes.
“I thank the lads for a job well done but obviously there is more room to do better and our next opponent is more experienced so we may need to offer something beyond the two games played.” Angelo said in a post-match interview.
“Our Objective was to go to the semi-finals. We played well but we can improve all the time. Now we go back to analyze and see how the next match will be.” He added.
Schrinzi holds a UEFA Pro Coaching License and has been at the helm of different teams including the Russian Beach Soccer giants BSC Kristall, in addition to working as a FIFA instructor in different countries where he has helped the sport to grow.
Considered to be one of the best beach soccer coaches in the world, this could be just a glimpse of the promised land that the National Beach Soccer team has been longing for and is expecting Schrinzi to deliver them to.
While still a player in 2009, the Swiss National led his team to the final at their first ever Beach Soccer World Cup, and 12 years later at the Russia 2021 World Cup, he guided the team as Head Coach to a daring third-place finish.
In the two matches so far for the Sand Cranes, Buganda Royal’s Ambrose Kigozi has contributed five goals to his team’s tally in two appearances and has been named Man of the match twice in the tournament.
Still at the Championship, Joshua Lubwama and Isma Kawawulo have scored a goal against both Tanzania and Mauritius while Brian Nkuubi and Baker Lukooya scored a goal each, as Ashraf Apuuli registered a brace against Mauritius yesterday.
In their final group fixture, the Cranes will play Egypt on Wednesday but are assured of a spot in the semi-finals after Tanzania’s 3-4 defeat by the former yesterday.