Eastern, Cranes Share Spoils in Regional Tour

A late goal from Jinja SS winger James Otim ensured Eastern select and Cranes team divide honors in a soggy Mbale stadium.

Uganda Cranes had fought hard to pick a slim victory over the Eastern select team after an early opener by Isaac Muleme but coach Abbey Kikomeko had other plans.

The match kicked off at 4:35 with the Cranes team fielding two different squads in both halves. Onduparaka trio Rashid Toga, visit Gaddafi Wahab and Shabaan Muhammad were handed their debuts in the famous red shirt.

SC Villa tricky left winger Isaac Muleme ensured the victory for the coach Micho’s side with a well curled corner just after seven minutes.

Edmond Wamboka had earlier blocked Martin Kiiza’s goal bound shot.

Shabaan came closer to doubling the lead after cooling down a long clearance from Bakaki but the receiver’s loop over an advancing Mutakubwa fell short of the expectations.

Muleme was at it again in the 2nd minute with another in-swinger but unfortunately hit the far post with the keeper well beaten.

Micho introduced a more experienced team in the second half with four foreign based players Hassan Waswa, cialis 40mg Yassar Mugerwa, cheapest Murshid Jjuko and Denis Iguma. League MVP nominees Joseph Ochaya and Erisa Sekisambu were also part.

Sekisambu’s second minute half volley could only rattle the side posts.

Ochaya near chance presented at the interval with a strong freekick that flew past the wall but Joel tipped it to the crossbar and back to play.

Coach Abbey resorted to his own, bringing in Jinja SS trio of Joel Madondo, Bamukyaye and Otim.

The three aroused and won the fans hearts with excellent dribbles on Waswa, Ochaya and Iguma which later culminated to the equalizer six minutes to time.

Madondo transited the ball into Cranes half before passing over to Bamukyaye in the right wing. The winger cleverly dribbled past Ochaya and Waswa and picked out Otim who headed in.

The Cranes will play another build up match on August 30th against Kenya just before the September 3rd ‘do or die’ against Comoros.

Cranes lineups

Team One:
James Alitho (Goalkeeper), Joseph Nsubuga, Isaac Muleme (Captain), Shafiq Bakaki, Rashid Toha, Deus Bukenya, Bernard Muwanga, Martin Kizza, Gadafi Wahabu, Muhammed Shaban, Dan Birikwalira

Team two:
Ismail Watenga (Goalkeeper), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Halid Lwaliwa, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain), Denis Iguma, Kezironi Kizito,  Yassar Mugerwa, Erisa Ssekisambu, Edrisa Lubega


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