Moment of silence for Tiote as Senegal holds Cranes

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Hassan Wasswa Mawanda captained the Uganda Cranes team

Uganda Cranes and Senegal played to a goalless draw during the international friendly match played at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar city on Tuesday morning.

There were lots of positives picked from the game, the second international friendly match after yet another goalless draw with Ethiopia on Saturday in Hawassa.

Uganda Cranes will remain camped in Senegal for acclimatization and training until when the team flies out to the Cape Verde Islands.

Uganda will open its campaign for the 2019 Nations cup qualifiers against Cape Verde on Saturday.

Senegal is ranked 27th while Uganda is 71st in the latest FIFA rankings released on 1st June 2017.

Uganda Cranes XI:

Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Benard Muwanga, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (C), Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Derrick Nsibambi, Isaac Muleme

Moment of silence for Tiote

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for the late Ivory Coast midfielder Chieck Ismael Tiote, who collapsed during a training session and was declared dead moments later in a Chinese hospital.

Tiote

The former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been described by Steve McClaren as the “toughest player” he has ever seen – but also a man with “the most beautiful smile in football”.

Tiote joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle in February.

He died in hospital after collapsing at the club’s training ground.

In his seven years at Newcastle the Ivory Coast international made over 150 appearances, including three last season.

Tiote’s only goal for Newcastle was his equaliser against Arsenal in 2011.