Uganda Cranes Twice Squander Lead In Sudan Friendly

Uganda Cranes players celebrate one of the goals against Sudan. (FUFA photo)

Tuesday, January 3
•Sudan 2-2 Uganda

Thursday, January 5
•Uganda Vs Cameroon

Sunday, January 8
•Mali Vs Uganda


Uganda Cranes twice threw away a lead against Sudan in their first friendly as the side continued to prepare for African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The friendly at Jamel Stadium in Tunisia ended 2-2.

Karim Watambala scored in the opening minute but even after Muhammad Abdulrahman levelled for Sudan, Uganda got back up front through Ibrahim Orit to lead 2-1 at the break.

Micho then made some changes to give playing time to other players, but the Cranes couldn’t hold onto their lead as Siddig Kuwa levelled matters.

“We told the boys that a match of this magnitude of a country that has two teams at the CAF Champions League (Al Hilal and Al-Merriekh) year after year is valued more than 20 training sessions that we do,” Micho said on the importance of facing Sudan.

“It gives realistic picture of how players behave when wearing the jersey.”

Uganda Cranes starting XI. FUFA photo

There will be concerns for Micho about the team performance especially on the way the team conceded goals.

The first Sudan goal was a penalty after Derrick Ndahiro had fouled in the area.

Ndahiro made amends at the other end when he picked an unmarked Orit to restore the advantage.

The second goal was a counter attack.

“We started very well with a goal, but against the run of play we conceded from the penalty that showed our big moment when we lose the ball and how we have a tendency of slightly sleeping,” Micho broke down proceedings.

“With good passing, we reached to the situation where we led 2-1, and led at halftime.

“We made changes and one mistake we then conceded from a counter.”

The Serbian said that a win would have been a confidence boost for the Boys but they will now take lessons.

“It would have been good confidence for the boys but in football if you don’t win you learn the lessons. We are looking forward for the next match to improve and correct our mistakes.”

The Cranes who are preparing for CHAN in Algeria, will face Cameroon on Thursday before Mali on Sunday in the remaining friendlies.

Uganda Cranes

Starting XI – Nafian Alionzi, Ashiraf Mandela, Derrick Ndahiro, Geoffrey Wasswa, Hillary Mukundane, Siraje Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Moses Waiswa, Frank Ssebufu, Ibrahim Orit, Milton Karisa (C)

Substitutes – Jack Komakech(GK), Joel Mutakubwa(GK), James Begisa, Isa Mubiru, Gift Fred, Kenneth Ssemakula, Marvin Youngman, Bright Anukani, Najib Yiga, Nelson Senkatuka, Travis Mutyaba, Titus Ssematimba, Moses Aliro, Rogers Kassim Mato

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