Uganda Cranes struggling in build up matches ahead of CHAN

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By Morris Rawal

In the friendly match between Uganda Cranes and Cameroon on Thursday, midfielder Moses Waiswa Ndondhi scored.

At Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunis, Uganda rallied from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Cameroon thanks to the deft midfielder who came off the bench.

It should be noted that both Uganda Cranes and the Indomitable Lions are preparing for the forthcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN) that starts next week in Algeria.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho rang seven changes from the team that had started against Sudan two days ago.

Joel Mutakubwa started in goal ahead of Nafian Alionzi while James Begisa Penza started in the right back position.

Gift Fred, Kenneth Ssemakula, Titus Ssematimba, Najib Yiga, and Bright Anukani all made starts among the other modifications.

Kemaju Debami, who had surged into the area, headed the ball past Mutakubwa to give Cameroon the advantage in the 40th minute.

After the break, Uganda came back with a stronger team thanks to the coach’s adjustments, which included substituting Wasiwa with Anukani.

Rogers Mato and Waiswa combined for Uganda’s goal, proving that the transfer was successful.

Ten minutes from time, Waiswa curled home from the resulting free kick after Mato was fouled on the outside of the area.

The two exhibition games thus far, in the opinion of coach Micho, have helped to establish the team’s foundation and identify areas that require improvement.

Uganda will have another friendly game on Sunday, playing against Mali who are also preparing for CHAN.

Starting XI

Joel Mutakubwa (GK), James Begisa, Penza, Geoffrey Wasswa, Gift Fred, Derrick Ndahiro, Kenneth Ssemakula, Bright, Anukani Karim Watambala, Titus Ssematimba, Najib Yiga, Frank Ssebufu


Nafian Alionzi (GK), Jack Komakech (GK), Ashiraf Mandela, Isa Mubiru, Hillary Mukundane, Siraje Ssentamu, Marvin Youngman, Nelson Ssenkatuka, Travis Mutyaba, Rogers Mato, Moses Aliro, Moses Waiswa, Ibrahim Orit.

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