Copper Bullets Shoot Down Uganda Cranes at Namboole

Uganda Cranes underperformed on Tuesday afternoon to concede a 1-0 defeat at home in Namboole against a not fancied Zambia side.

Chisamba Lungu struck the lone goal mid-way through the first half after fine work making inroads before releasing a powerful left foot strike which Isaac Isinde deflected to the dismay of Odonkara who had abandoned the near angle.

Zambia came into the game at the back of two defeats against Nigeria (1-2) and Zimbabwe (1-0) while Uganda had not won any of their last four friendly games.

Cranes chances.

Captain Geoffrey Massa saw his 7th minute brush off a Mawejje freekick bounce on the outside net.

Minutes later Mawejje arrowed in a low shot but again kissed the outside post and flew out.

Stophila Sunzu nearly gifted Uganda an equaliser in the 42nd minute but was lucky his keeper was near to clear the mess.

Oloya bursted into Zambia’s half from the left wing and braided through two green shirts before setting up Walusimbi whose low cross was deflected and tipped over for a corner.

Farouk Miya controls the ball.

Farouk Miya controls the ball.


Micho withdrew Walusimbi and Luwagga Kizito for Miya and Shaban immediately after the breather.

He later on introduced Batambuze and UPL top scorer, seek Sserunkuma in Mawejje and Massa’s spaces at the interval.

Cranes play Congo Brazzaville on Saturday in the second 2018 World cup (Africa) group E qualifier while Zambia head to Cameroon

Geoffrey Massa tries to go past a Zambian defender.

Geoffrey Massa tries to go past a Zambian defender.

Cranes starting XI: Robert Odonkara (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murshid Jjuko, Khalid Aucho, Moses Oloya, Tonny Mawejje, Geoffrey Massa, William Luwagga, Godfrey Walusimbi

Subs: Salim Jamal (GK), Denis Iguma, Hassan Waswa, Geoffrey Kizito. Yassar Mugerwa, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Shafiq Batambuze, Muzamir Mutyaba

Cranes Starting XI

Cranes Starting XI

Zambia XI: Jacob Banda, Sileimba Simon, Fackson Kapumbu, Sunzu Stophila, Tembo Ziya, Mtinga Kondwane, Chaila Misheck, Tembo Fwayo, Lungu Chisamba, Evans Kangwa, Rogers Kola

Subs: Kennedy Mwene, Allan Chigwe, George Chilufya, Adrian Chamba, Nathan Sinkala, Kabaso Chongo, Isaac Chansa, Charles Zulu

Zambia Starting XI

Zambia Starting XI


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