Malawi holds Cranes in friendly

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Uganda Cranes have played to a non-scoring draw against Malawi during an international build up match played on Tuesday at Mandela National Stadium.

This was the second international build up match played in three days following Saturday’s emphatic 3-1 victory against Sao Tome and Principe at the same venue.

Yunus Sentamu had a chance in the first half to give Uganda Cranes the lead but his left footed shot after dribbling past two defender hit the side netting.

Goalkeeper and captain Denis Onyango made two world class saves to help the Uganda Cranes at least earn a point from the game.

Abraham Ndugwa was the first player to be introduced in the 52nd minute when came on for Milton Karisa.

William Kizito Luwagga replaced Emmanuel Arnold Okwi after an hour of action before Sentamu paved way for Derrick Nsibambi.

Striker Fahad was the final substitution, replacing Joseph Ochaya, deep in added time.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo was among the high profile guests who watched the game.

The two matches (against Sao Tome and Principe as well as that of Malawi) were meant to prepare the Uganda Cranes in the upcoming matches of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers against Tanzania and Lesotho.

Uganda Cranes XI:

Dennis Onyango (G.K, Captain), Dennis Iguma, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Bevis Mugabi, Murushid Jjuuko, Tadeo Lwanga, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Milton Karisa (52’ Abraham Ndugwa), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (60’ William Kizito Luwagga), Yunus Sentamu (62’ Derrick Nsibambi), Joseph Benson Ochaya (94’ Fahad Bayo)

Subs Not Used:

Salim Jamal Magoola (G.K), Charles Lukwago, Isaac Isinde, Timothy Dennis Awany, Alex Kakuba, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Fahad Bayo, Hood Kaweesa

Head coach: Sebastien Desabre (France)

Malawi Flames XI:

Charles Swini (G.K), Precious Sambani, Denis Chembezi, Limbikani Mzava, Gombezeani Chirwa, John Banda, Rafik Namwera (46’ Frank Banda), Chawanangwa Kaonga, Dalisto Sailesi (71’ Patrick Phiri), Roben Nealande, Richard Mbulu (46’ Cheiukepo Musowoya)

Subs Not Used:

Brighton Muntari (G.K), John Lanjesi, Stanley Sanodi, Yamikani Fodya, Alfred Manyozo, Felix Zulu, Righteous Banda

Head coach: Ronny Van Geneugeden (Belgium)

Match Officials:

Center Referee: Louis Hakizimana (Rwanda)

1st Assistant Referee: Theogene Ndagijimana (Rwanda)

2nd Assistant Referee: Justin Karangwa (Rwanda)

4th Official: Shamirah Nabadda (Uganda)

Match Commissioner: Ronnie Kalema (Uganda

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