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BEACH SOCCER: Uganda Sand Cranes arrive safely in Zanzibar

BEACH SOCCER – International Friendly:

Sunday, 7th December 2014

Zanzibar Vs Uganda Sand Cranes

In Zanzibar

After a successful two day’s journey on the road from Kampala through Nairobi, Dar es salaam via the Indian Ocean on the ferry, the Uganda National team, the Sand Cranes reached safely in Zanzibar.

The team of 12 players and 5 officials arrived on Thursday at around 6 p.m and were welcomed by the Zanzibar Beach soccer federation president, Ali Sharif Alhabsh.


 Zanzibar Beach soccer federation president, Ali Sharif Alhabsh.

We were granted a top class reception from the hosts and the trip is a milestone to help the Federation plan for the upcoming AFCON 2015 beach soccer championships that will be held in Seychelles.

Ali Mwebe, a former Beach soccer referee, now working with the FUFA Competitions department.

They will play a test match on Friday against a select side from Zanzibar before the official training session at the match day venue and exact time of the match on Saturday.

The Zanzibar Beach Football Association requested the match to be played on Sunday with a mammoth crowd expected to grace the historic fixture.

The Sand Cranes team:

Goal Keepers:

Michael Kalule (Sand Pirates) and Ashadu Bugembe (YMCA)


Douglas Muganga (Nkumba Select), Derrick Teko (Y.M.C.A), Ambrose Naturinda (Y.M.C.A) and Saidi Mzee (Real Galaticos)

Creative Players:

Baker Lukooya (MUBS), Johnnie Levita (Real Galaticos), Emma Kalyoowa (St. Lawrence University)Saidi Mzee (Real Galaticos)


Brian Nkuubi (MUBS), Roch Somoka (Nkumba Select),

Technical Department:

Head Coach: Harunah Kebba

Assistant Coach: Peter Sseguya

Vice Chairman Technical: Hamzah Jjunju

Head of Delegation: Anthony Tumwesigye

Other officials:

Deo Mutaabazi (President, UBSA)

Ali Mwebe (FUFA Competitions Secretary)

Patrick Lugemwa (Media)

MAIN PHOTO: Some of the players of the Uganda Beach soccer National team, The Sand Cranes.

PHOTO CREDITS: FUFA Communications Department

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