By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
Uganda Cranes registered a comprehensive 4-0 victory against the North-East select team during a regional tour match played at the Katakwi High School playground on Saturday before a lively crowd.
The goals for the national team came from KCCA’s left Mustafa Kizza, Vipers’ striker Fahad Bayo, URA midfielder Joackim Ojeera and Wakiso Giants’ Hassan Ssenyonjo.
Mustafa Kizza, Fahad Bayo, Joackim Ojera and substitute Hassan Ssenyonjo got the goals for Jonathan McKinstry’s side.
Kizza converted a penalty in the 22nd minute after Ojera was brought down in the area, Bayo doubled the lead following a mistake by goalkeeper Joshua Okwaput following an earlier back pass from Steven Oriokot to take a 2-0 half time lead.
Ojera then made it 3-0 off a headed effort from Kizza’s corner kick before Ssenyonjo wrapped up the victory, this was the first regional tour match under new coach McKinstry who took over at the start of last month.
The match is part of the preparations for the national team as the 2021 AFCON qualifiers come knocking, Uganda Cranes will travel to Burkina Faso on 12th November 2019 ahead of the opening group B match the following day in Ouagadougou.
Four days later, Uganda Cranes will entertain Malawi on 17th November 2019 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Charles Lukwago (GK) (KCCA), Paul Willa (Vipers), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (c) (Vipers), John Revita (KCCA), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Bright Anukani (Proline), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers), Fahad Bayo (Vipers), Joachim Ojeera (URA)
James Alitho (URA FC), Ashraf Mandela (URA FC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Viane Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants)
Head coach: Johnathan McKinstry
1st Assistant coach: Abdallah Mubiru
2nd Assistant coach: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
Goal keeping coach: Fred Kajoba
Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago