Western Region Select Side Defeats Uganda Cranes

Western Region became the second team to triumph over the Uganda national football in the Cranes regional tours.

In the game played at Kabale Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Western region team pipped Uganda Cranes 1-0.

The encounter graced by a mammoth crowd with Prime Minister, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda as the guest of honour provided thrilling moments.

Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda greets Cranes coach Micho
Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda greets Cranes coach Micho

The game began with observance of a moment of silence for fallen football administrators Mike Okiror (former Fufa treasurer) and the late John Ssebana Kizito (interim FUFA President).

Bashir Babu’s second half penalty was enough to condemn Uganda Cranes to their third defeat in the expeditions.

The other two losses had come against West Nile. Uganda cranes had several chances to take the lead especially in the opening 45 minutes but Nelson Ssenkatuka, Milton Marisa and Mohammed Shaban failed to find the target on many occasions.

Fans cheer on during the game
Fans cheer on during the game

The select side capitalised on this to grow in confidence and even went ahead to take the lead. Bashir Babu held the nerves to convert from the penalty mark after a foul on Yusuf Abato.

Micho employed two teams with one playing the opening 45 minutes while the other bunch came after recess.

The Cranes are preparing for a CHAN qualifier against South Sudan with the first leg scheduled for 14th July (next Friday) in Juba.

Western select

Sula Kibalama, Zaid Byekwaso, Umar Kato, Bashir Babu, Johnson Turiniwe, Cleophus Fiat, Sadam Nasir, Yusuf Abato, Hassan Kakuru, Sadat Nsubuga, Alex Mandela

Cranes starting XI

Ismail Watenga, Nicholas Wadada, Brian Majwega, Rashid Toha, Bernard Muwanga, Nicholas Kasozi,Milton Karisa, Erisa Ssekisambu, Mohammad Shaban, Nelson Senkatuka

Cranes second half team

Ismail Watenga (G.K), Deus Bukenya, Martin Kiiza, John Adriko, Bernard Muwanga, Lawrence Bukenya, Bassey Methiodius, Julius Malingumu, Shafik Kagimu, Solomon Okwalinga, Simon Sserunkuma

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