Uganda Defeats French Military Team in Charity Game

Uganda Cranes players awarded a trophy after the match

Uganda Cranes triumphed over the French military team in a charity game played at the Mandela national stadium, buy Namboole on Saturday.

In the game played to climax the week long celebrations of the Uganda – France bilateral relations, shop the Cranes defeated the French military team 3-1.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Emmanuel Okwi scored for the Cranes in the first half while Martin Kiiza came off the bench to score the third goal.

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Mouslin Andnum also came on as a second half substitute to score the consolation for the visitors.

Machlinski Alexis had the first attempt at goal testing Isma Watenga in the third minute but the shot stopper was able to collect the ball with ease.

Erisa Ssekisambu missed a clear opportunity inside the 6yard box failing to head home Brian Majwega’s cross.

A run ignited by Ambrose Kirya through the middle saw him release Majwega on the left and the speed merchant swayed in a well weighed cross but Ssekisambu missed.

Cranes captain of the day Emma Okwi also had a one one chance against goalkeeper Accart Quentin but failed to find the target with his shot going a few inches off.

It was veteran forward Geoffrey Sserunkuma who broke the deadlock converting a penalty after Emmanuel Okwi had been tripped.

Okwi also got onto the score sheet in the 43rd minute tapping home Erisa Ssekisambu’s cross and Uganda took a comfortable halftime lead.

The French team played better in the second half and substitute Muslim Andhum scored with a simple tap in at the near post.

The visitors almost levelled matters in the 75th minute but Oggad Yanin was denied by the woodwork.

Martin Kiiza put the game beyond reach in the 82nd minute scoring a penalty after he was brought down in the forbidden area.

Uganda Cranes XI:  Isma Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Brian Majwega, Deus Bukenya, Halid Lwaliwa, Muzamil Mutyaba, Erisa Ssekisambu, Moses Waiswa, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Ambrose Kirya, Emmanuel Okwi

French Military XI: Accart Quentin, Maetini Anthony, Jesy Trinite, Yann Oggad, Julien Gallo, Abdeltif Bouyahia, Jean Philippe Sabo,Alex Machlinski, Rylan Lamonnier, Thio Jougounour, Remi Mareval


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