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Pictorial: Hundreds of fans grace Uganda Cranes regional tour in the North East region

Uganda Cranes regional tours 2017:

North East Region Select 1-3 Uganda Cranes

Follow the colourful pictorial from the match

A number of fans were strategic in order to catch the game and never miss any moment

Where the Uganda Cranes saw off a spirited North Eastern region Select side 3-1 at the Emokoroi play ground in Bukedea district, hundreds of fans graced the match.

An excited fan smiles ear to ear after a good move by a North East region player

This is clear manifestation of the ever growing Uganda Cranes regional tours campaign where multitudes of spectators have always associated with the national team brand every where the team has visited.

Forward Derrick Nsibambi attempts to beat the North East region goalkeeper Emmanuel Opio

Derrick Nsibambi, Tom Masiko and Isaac Muleme scored the three goals for the national team.

Michael Baggio had earlier in the first half given the home team some hope with the equalizer – a great diving header following a curling corner.


Uganda Cranes captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda introduces teammates to the inspecting team led by the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo

The FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo was among those who attended the match.

He was accompanied by a couple of Members of Parliament Anita Among (Bukedea County), Moses Walyomu (Kagoma County), Solomon Silwanyi (Bukooli Central) and Patrick Isiagi Opolot (Kacumbari).

FUFA Executive committee members Richard Ochom and Agnes Mugena, North East Region FA Chairman John Odong, Delegates to the FUFA Assembly, sponsors’ representatives, also attended the match.

Part of the passionate fans in Bukedea at the Emokori play ground follow the proceedings from the match

The match is part of the country wide campaign that the national team has undertaken for the past three years as a year of taking the national team brand closer to the fans in their respective localities.

A policeman ensures that there is tranquility at the match day venue. Indeed, there was order before, during and after the game

This campaign is meant to take the team closer to the fans as they associate with their respective star players, and as well, rally support for the team.

FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo mesmerized the crowds in Bukedea with awesome skills on the ball during the curtain raiser. The match ended 1-1. FUFA Executive Committee member Richard Ochom scored a long range shot for the equalizer
Bukedea MP Anita Among with a clearance during the curtain raiser match

Before the match, there was a curtain raiser match where the FUFA President captained a team made of MP’s and FUFA officials against the North East region side.

Some fans stood behind the Uganda Cranes team bench

Uganda Cranes main sponsor Airtel Uganda Limited and Nile Breweries Limited jointly fund the national regional tours.

Meanwhile, the team returned on Sunday morning ready for training in the evening.

More foreign based players as Dennis Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Robert Odongkara, Isaac Isinde, Geofrey Sserunkuma shall join the team in the evening training session.

North East Region XI
Uganda Cranes XI vs North East Region Select Team (L-R): Derrick Nsibambi, Paul Musamali, Timothy Dennis Awany, Yassar Mugerwa, Tom Masiko, Paul Mucureezi, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain). Front row is goalkeeper Isma Watenga
North East’s Stephano Zengo Logo (based in Karamoja) takes on Nico Wadada and Muzamiru Mutyaba during the match
Creative midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba gets past Godfrey Akol during the match

Team line ups:

Uganda Cranes XI: Ismael Watenga  (Gk), Nico Wakiro Wadada , Paul Musamali, Timothy Awanyi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain), Ivan Ntege, Paul Mucureezi, Tom  Masiko, Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru  Mutyaba, Yassar Mugerwa

Substitutes: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Bernard Muwanga, Denis  Iguma, Isaac Muleme, Moses Waiswa, Milton Karisa, Shafik Kagimu, Nelson Senkatuka

North East Region Select XI: Emmanuel  Opio (G.K), Jackson Wabuleta, Rafael Komaketch, Robert Elugant, Solomon Opolot, Godfrey Akol (Captain), Siu Saggo, Musa Esenu, Stephano Zengo Logo, Seith Boyee, Micheal Bagio

Substitutes: Joseph Emitu (Gk), Daniel Otim, Paul Oony,  Nathan Oloro, Joseph Opolot, Sam Obwana, Stepehen Oryekot

Team captains Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Godfrey Akol shortly before kick off

Match Officials:

Center Referee: Daniel Otim

1st Assistant Referee: Joseph Ochom

2nd Assistant Referee: Simon Peter Okello

4th Official: Florence Ayoro

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