Western Region select falls 3-0 to Uganda Cranes in Regional tour

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NTUNGAMO- Uganda Cranes earned victory over Western Region Select Team in the Cranes Regional tour game played on Tuesday at Kyamate Stadium, Ntungamo.

Whereas the regional team put up resilient performance in the opening stanza, Uganda Cranes proved too strong,winning 3-0.

The game was watched by hundreds of enthusiastic football fans from Ntungamo and the neighbouring areas. Second half substitutes Titus Ssematimba and Rogers Mato got the goals for the National team.

Ssematimba who was making his first appearance for the National team scored a brace before Mato put the icing on the cake moments later.

The home side posed threats in the opening stages of the game with veteran striker Walter Rubangkene getting scoring opportunities but failed to put them to good use.

Ssematimba who was making his first appearance for the National team scored a brace before Mato put the icing on the cake moments later.

The home side posed threats in the opening stages of the game with veteran striker Walter Rubangkene getting scoring opportunities but failed to put them to good use.

On the other hand, the best two chances for Uganda in the first half fell to Martin Kizza and Saidi Kyeyune but both could not find the target.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho made several changes including bringing on both Mato and Ssematimba at the start of the second stanza.

Ssematimba took just two minutes to announce his arrival, connecting well to a good delivery from his teammate at Wakiso Giants FC, George Kaddu.

The industrious midfielder got his second on the day three minutes before the hour mark, this time scoring from Isma Mugulusi’s through pass.

The third goal came in the 78th minute with Mato capitalizing on a goal melee to score from close range.

Coach Micho believes this was a good test for his charges as preparations for CHAN Qualifiers against Tanzania continue.

“I believe this was a good test for the players. We improved a lot in the second half and we hope to build on the positives realized today.” He said.

Uganda will play Tanzania away on 27th August before the return leg at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on 3rd September.

The winner on aggregate will qualify to the final tournament slated for January next year in Algeria.

Uganda Cranes Starting XI

Nafian Alionzi, Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Derrick Ndahiro, Walter Ochora, Joseph Bright Vuni, John Revita, Saidi Kyeyune, Moses Waiswa, Muhammad Shaban, Martin Kizza,Travis Mutyaba

Substitutes

Emmanuel Kalyowa(GK), Mathias Muwanga(GK), Najib Fesali, Gift Fred, Kenneth Ssemakula, James Begisa, George Kaddu, George Kasonko,Titus Ssematimba, Rogers Mato, Moses Aliro, Richard Basangwa, Brian Mato,Isma Mugulusi