AFCON Beach Soccer: Sand Cranes Finish Fifth

Wednesday, October 26
*Malawi 6(1)-(4)6 Uganda


Uganda beat Malawi in shootouts after a gallant fight back to claim fifth place at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer in Mozambique.

The Sand Cranes came into the game on the back of a 6-2 loss against Egypt in their last group game, a result that ended their surge to knockout and a extinguished their World Cup hopes.

Angelo Schirinzi, Uganda coach, said: “We played poorly in the first period and then we woke up and became more focused. Malawi knew how to take advantage of the mistakes we made.”

“Malawi is a strong team and very motivated. However, my players gained motivation and managed to win in a sufferable manner.”

And in the classification game, they trailed 4-0 after goals from Dala Simba, Watson Frazer, Ganizani Mphande and Sandram Ussi had put Malawi out of sight.

Baker Lukooya brought one back for the Cranes but they were once again pegged back when Oblen Khumbula restored a four-goal advantage, 5-1.

Lukooya made it 5-2, Sharif Opuuli reduced the deficit 5-3, Joshua Letti and Brian Nkuubi added one each to level matters 5-5, after Paul Lule had fluffed Uganda’s penalty.

With the scores tied, the game necessitated additional three minutes of extra time where Nkuubi cancelled out Ussi’s goal to level the score 6-6.

And Uganda managed to win 4-1 in shootouts.

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