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Orange CHAN 2016 build up: Uganda 1-1 Gabon (Full-Time)

International friendly match: Uganda 1-1 Gabon

Venue: FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Sunday 10th January, 2016

Uganda Cranes and Gabon national teams have played to a one all draw in an international build up played at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru.

The host nation took the lead through Erisa Ssekisambu who perfectly headed home after Dennis Okot’s cross from the right in the 33rd minute.

Uganda Cranes XI: Standing L-R – Dennis Okot Oola, Richard Kasagga Jjuuko, Joseph Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Samson Ceasar Okhuti and Timoth Dennis Awany. Front Row) -Erisa Ssekisambu, Kezironi Kizito, Ismail Watenga, Robert Sentongo and Faruku Miya (captain)

The players showed a good account on the astro turf surface which is the similar playing ground that the team will play on in the group D matches in Rubavu at the Umuganda stadium in the CHAN finals.

Second half substitute, Ronald Ntsistgui who had replaced Allen Dorian Biyoghe scored the equalizer less than five minutes to the full time whistle.

Ntsistgui tapped home a low ball past goal keeper, Mathias Kigonya after a quickly taken corner by Rodrigue Moundouga.

Gabon National Football Team XI against Uganda at Njeru

Kigonya had replaced Ismail Watenga, who was impressive in between the goal posts in the opening half of the game.

The game presented the Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and the rest of the technical team to test out the different players, playing systems and combinations ahead of yet another build up against Cameroon on Wednesday.

Micho told the media in the post match press conference;

I am pleased by the performance. We need to polish upon a few other areas.

The Guests in the Njeru Technical center pavilion watching the game

Uganda conducted a couple of changes as the game progressed.

Muzamil Mutyaba and Francis Olaki were the first two changes who replaced team captain, Faruku Miya and Ceasar Okhuti respectively.

Ivan Ntege came in for Erisa Ssekisambu, Mathias Kigonya replaced Ismail Watenga and Robert Sentongo paved way for Frank Kalanda.

The match was played behind closed doors on request on either federations.

FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo, Honorary FUFA President, Lawrence Mulindwa, some of the executive committee members, some FUFA Staff and a large number of the Premier league coaches attended the match.

Uganda will host the second build up game on Wednesday, 13th January 2016.

Uganda Cranes skipper, Faruku Miya leaves a Gabonese player for dead during the build up match

Uganda Cranes Line Up – Shirt Number in Brackets

1-Watenga Isma  (18)

2-Okot Denis Oola (2)

3-Ochaya Joseph (7)

4-Kassaga Juuko Richard (4)

5-Muwanga Bernard (5)

6-Awany Timothy (19)

7-Kizito Keziron (6)

8-Miya Faruku – Captain (10)

9-Sentongo Robert (9)

10-Okhuti Caesar (15)

11-Ssekisambu Erisa (11)


12-Kigonya Mathias (1)

13-Kalanda Frank (13)

14-Muleme Isaac (17)

15-Mutyaba Muzamiru (8)

16-Ntege Ivan (16)

17-Wassa Hassan Dazzo (12)

18-Olaki Ronald Francis (20)

19-Nsubuga Joseph (3)

20-Kirya Ambrose (14)


Head coach: Milutin Sredojevic

Assistant coach: Moses Basena

GoalKeepers’ coach: Fred Kajoba

Team Doctor: Ronald Kisolo

Team Physiotherapist: Ivan Ssewanyana

Team Coordinator: Joseph Kasana

Media: Hamza Nsereko Kawuma

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