Cranes humbles Kitara in 3-1 regional shake off

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Martin Kiiza (left) takes on Vincent Kasonki in the game

The Uganda Cranes has successfully concluded the Kitara Region tour with a re-sounding performance and 3-1 victory at a fully packed Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal on Sunday.

Emmanuel Okwi scored a brace in the game with the other strike coming from Nelson Senkatuka.

The national team led 3-0 by the half time mark with Okwi scoring the first in the 24th minute.

Senkatuka powerfully nodded home the second off Shafiq Kagimu’s cross and Okwi popped home the third in the first added minute of the first half when he followed up a Hassan Wasswa Mawanda dipping header that had already beaten goalkeeper Isaac Kwizera and looked destined to cross the goal-line.

Second half substitute Beckam Musoki pulled one for the home team after he connected a re-bound when his first attempt from a penalty kick had kissed the cross bar.

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic fielded two different teams for the game with defender Halid Lwaliwa replaced early in the first half after a leg injury.

His place was taken by Savio Kabugo in the 17th minute.

Micho appreciated the players’ effort, the opponents, fans and the sponsors for making the match a reality.

“We had a great match with good opponents. I thank everyone including the fans, players and sponsors who made the game happen” Micho told www.fufa.co.ug.

The game was attended by a capacity crowd that cheered every move of the game. The FUFA President, Eng Moses Magogo was accompanied by the 2nd VP Darius Mugoye, delegates and other FUFA officials.

The tours are meant to take the national team brand closer to the people in their respective localities other than at the home of the Uganda Cranes – Mandela National stadium, Namboole.

These regional tours are jointly sponsored by the Uganda Cranes official sponsors Airtel Uganda and partners Nile Breweries Limited. These regional tours are jointly sponsored by the Uganda Cranes official sponsors Airtel Uganda and partners Nile Breweries Limited.

Uganda Cranes Team 1: Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Martin Kiiza, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain), Halid Lwaliwa, Deus Bukenya, Robert Kakeeto, Shafiq Kagimu, Nelson Senkatuka, Emmanuel Okwi, Milton Karisa

Team 2: Saidi Keni (replaced by Tom Ikara mid second half), Allan Drajua, John Adriko, Savio Kabugo, Benard Muwanga, Tadeo Lwanga, Francis Olaki, Ali Gift, Erisa Ssekisambu, Isaac Jjunju, Nicholas Kasozi

Kitara Region XI: Isaac Kwizera, Denis Alion, Timothy Kato, Gerrald Bairenzi, Maxwello Owarinzingui, Augustine Kacancu, Godfrey Kasingo, Ronald Kyamanywa, Patrick Kusemerererwa, Silvester Mumber, Vincent Kasonki

Subs:

Jamil Kiyimba, Ramadhan Karim, Emmanuel Amanyirebyona, Job Talemwa, Beckam Musoki, Ezekel Agaba, Harrison Kwezi