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CECAFA U-20 update: Hippos hold Uganda Cranes Chan team at Njeru

Practice Match:

  • Uganda Cranes (CHAN Team) 0-0 Uganda Hippos (U-20)

In preparation for the upcoming assignments lined up for the Uganda Cranes (CHAN) and Uganda Hippos (U-20) the two sides were engaged in a practice match at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru in Buikwe on Tuesday evening.

The interesting game although failed to produce any goal, it lived up to the expected billing.

Striker Frank Ssebufu and Abdul Karim Watambala got close to breaking the deadlock for the junior side but goalkeeper Yasin Mugabi was equally ready to tame the opportunities during the opening half.

Defender Benon Tahomera missed with a header at the start of the second half as the Uganda Cranes pushed for that break through goal that never arrived.

Either technical wings called for changes in a bid to test out the players at their disposal in varying formations of play.

Nonetheless, there was no breakthrough for either sides.

It was an interesting contest between Uganda Hippos (red) and Uganda Cranes (all white) at Njeru

Uganda Cranes is preparing for the first leg away to Burundi in the CHAN 2020 qualifier in Bujumbura this coming Saturday.

The Hippos will be hosting 10 other countries for the CECAFA U-20 Championship that will be staged at the Pece Stadium in Gulu and FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.

Uganda is in group A alongside Eritrea, Djibouti and Sudan. This group will be based in Gulu.

Uganda Cranes XI

Team Line Ups:

Uganda Cranes (CHAN team) XI:

Yasin Mugabi (G.K), Paul Willa, Arafat Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, John Revita, Saidi Kyeyune, Yusuf Ssozi, Allan Kayiwa, Shafiq Kagimu, Vianney Ssekajjugo, Fahad Bayo

Subs: Charles Lukwago (GK), James Alitho (GK), Mustafa Mujuzi, Mustafa Kizza, Paul Mbowa, Benson Tahomera, Paul Mucureezi, Ssozi Nicholas, Muzamir Mutyaba, Bright Anukani, Mike Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Owori David, Sserunkuma Daniel, Joel Madondo.

Uganda Hippos XI

Uganda Hippos XI:

Mutwalibi Mugolofa (GK), Justine Opiro, Robert Kitabalwa, Gavin Kizito, Derrick Kigunddu, Joseph Kafumbe, Frank Ssebuufu, Najib Iga, Sadat Anaku, Karim Watambala, Ashraf Zizinga

Second half team: Denis Otim (GK), Kevin Ssekimbegga, Aziz Kayondo, Kenneth Semakula, Musa Ramadan, Steven Sserwadda, Joseph Kafumbe, Sadam Masereka, Ivan Bogere, Isma Mugulusi, Davis Ssekajja

Team captains’ moment with the match officials. Halid Lwaliwa (shirt 20) skippered the Uganda Cranes team and Gavin Kizito Mugweri was Hippos’ captain
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