Ugandan cranes whip KCCA in practice match to boost confidence
Practice match: KCCA 1-5 Uganda Cranes
In the face of many, the Uganda Cranes – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) meeting could be described as a total mismatch.
Considering the quality of both sides, the backdrop of the gap did indeed manifest when the national team won convincingly 5-1 at the Philip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo on Wednesday.
Proline striker Nelson Senkatuka led the way with a calm finish as the first half ended 1-0.
Senkatuka finished ahead of goalkeeper Charles Lukwago after a pass over the wall involving Paul Mucureezi which beat the âflatâ defense line of Peter Magambo and Habib Kavuma.
Wingers Brian Majwega and Simon Sserunkuma as well as central midfielders Nicolas Kasozi and Moses Waiswa shone in the first half.
Coming back from the second half of the match, Micho called 11 changes introducing new legs.
Muzamiru Mutyaba teamed up with Nico Wadada before the former kissed the bottom of the goal post.
Mutyaba scored moments later with a well-shot 20-yard shot.
Derrick Nsibambi pushed the ball into the far corner of the net after a manual move involving Mutyaba and Sserunkuma.
Tennager striker Mansoor Safi, an S5 student at Dynamic High School, scored a beauty – a diving header.
The dreaded ex-Mbeya City striker Tito Okello provided the assist for Safi’s header as KCCA struck out a goal to color the score 3-1.
Moments later, defender Magambo illegally shot Nsibambi in the no-go zone, an act which prompted FIFA referee Brian Miiro to point the finger at the spot.
Mutyaba stood up confidently, sending goalkeeper Lukwago the wrong way for his second goal, which incidentally was the national team’s 4.e the evening.
The most beautiful and successful strike of the day was the 5e by Shafiq Kagimu.
Marauding right-back Wadada delivered a high ball to the right side, Nsibambi’s chest controlled for team captain Geofrey Sserunkuma who pushed the ball down Kagimu’s path for the simplest of finishes in the net.
The strike was the icing on Uganda Cranes’ well-baked cake.
Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic was not at all disturbed by the end result.
He was however impressed with the quick response from players in the contest.
In particular, he praised the physical form, mental strength, technical and tactical awareness of the players.
Obviously, he lamented the goal conceded.
We were better offensively but not happy with the well received. We have two more training sessions to fine tune what is wrong
The South Sudan team is expected to arrive on Thursday evening.
Their vanguard is already in Kampala.
Charles Lukwago (GK), Fillbert Obenchan, Habib Kavuma, Mustapha Kizza, Peter ‘Machette’ Magambo, Isaac Kirabira, Allan Oreyk (Noel Nasasira), Jackson Nunda (Solomon Walusimbi, Mansoor Safi), Lawrence Bukenya, Tito Okello, Abdallah Muhammed
Uganda Cranes XI:
Saidi Keni (Tom Ikara), Paul Musamali, John Adriko, Murushid Jjuuko, Tom Masiko, Nicholas Kasozi, Simon Sserunkuma, Moses Waiswa, Nelson Senkatuka, Paul Mucureezi, Brian Majwega
Uganda Cranes second half team:
Isma Watenga (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awanyi, Bernard Muwanga, Milton Karisa, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Shafiq Kagimu