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Gallant show by Sand Cranes in 8 goal thriller with Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast 4:4 Uganda in Abidjan

Ivory Coast adavnces 7-5 on aggregate

Uganda National beach soccer team Sand Cranes’ journey to  the Beach Soccer AFCON Finals in Egypt 2018  ended after a four all draw with Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Friday evening.

Sand Cranes Lule Paul strive for the ball with an Ivorian counterpart during the 2nd leg clash in Abidjan

Despite Uganda taking the lead on two ocassions at 2-0 and 4-2 lead in the first and second periods respectively, the hosts levelled matters in the third period to secure a slot for the Finals in December.

Lwesibawa Godfrey who missed the first leg with an injury, Wasswa Emmanuel Alex, Ochero Sulaiman and Ocen Ben each netted a  goal for Uganda. The match ended 4-4 for Ivory Coast to progress 7-5 on aggregate.

Sand Cranes goalkeeper Kibirige Meddie in Abidjan

It is the second time Uganda has entered the AFCON Qualifiers. In 2016, they were ejected by Ghana on their maiden show.

Sand Cranes Starting team against Ivory Coast

1. Kibirig Meddie (GK)
2. Lule Paul
3. Kasujja Davis
4. Lwesibawa Godfrey
5. Ocen Ben

 On Bench
1. Lwamunda Nasser
2. Ochero Sulaiman
3. Muganga Douglas
4. Katwe Allan (Capt)
5. Wasswa Emmanuel Alex.

The 10-man playing staff in a group photo before kickoff
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