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Plenty of positives from Uganda Cranes’ slim home loss against Zambia

Uganda Cranes 0-1 Zambia Chipolopolo Stars

Uganda Cranes fell 1-0 to Zambia Chipolopolo Stars on Tuesday during the international build up match at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

Chisamba Lungu scored the lone goal on the day in the first half of the well balanced game handed by FIFA Referee Dennis Batte.

Uganda Cranes created several goal scoring opportunities with great positional awareness at the back line, two signs that spell hope of an improved performance come Saturday.

An aerial contest for the ball during the Uganda Cranes versus Zambia international friendly build up at Namboole on Tuesday

The home side missed taking the lead when the Zambian goalkeeper stretched to parry out a header from Joseph Ochaya after a cross by Nicholas Wadada from the right wing.

Godfrey Walusimbi was also denied by also a similar effort when his shot at goal was pushed out by the goalie for a corner.

Zambia XI

There were debuts to Shafiq Batambuze and Shaban Muhammed, marking a start of a long trek in their otherwise promising careers.

Shaban is a product of all the youth football structures from the City Tyres U-14, U-17 and lately the U-20 national teams.

The match was watched by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, State minister of sports, Hon. Charles Bakabulindi, Zambian delegation, FUFA secretariat staff and a few passionate fans.

L-R: FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo, State Minister of Sports, Hon Charles Bakabulindi chat with the Zambian officials

Focus will immediately now turn to the World Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville on Saturday in Kampala.

Training resumes on Wednesday evening at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.

Team Line ups

Uganda Cranes XI:

Robert Odongkara, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya , Murushid Juuko, Isaac Isinde, Khalid Aucho, Moses Oloya, Tonny Mawejje, Geoffrey Massa (Captain), William Luwagga Kizito, Godfrey Walusimbi


Muhammed Shaban – On, William Luwagga Kizito – Out

Denis Iguma – On, Nicholas Wadada – Out

Faruku Miya – On, Godfrey Walusimbi – Out

Geofrey Sserunkuma – On, Tonny Mawejje Out

Muzamiru Mutyaba – On, Geofrey Massa – Out

Shafiq Batambuze – On, Isaac Isinde Out

Subs Not Used:

Salim Jamal, Benjamin Ochan, Timothy Awanyi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Geoffrey  ‘Baba’ Kizito, Yassar Mugerwa

THE COIN TOSS: FIFA Referee Denis Batte with the two team’s captains during the toss of the coin to determine sides’ selection and who kicks off the game

Zambia Chipolopolo Stars XI:

Jacob Banda, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Stophila Sunzu (Captain), Tembo Ziyo, Mtonga Kondwane, Chaila Misheck, Tembo Fwayo, Chisamba Lungu, Evans Kangwa, Rogers Kola


Reinford Kalaba On, Tembo Fwayo Out

Chongo Kabaso – On, Simon Silwimba Out

Rodric Kambwa – On, Lungu Chisamba Out

Collins Mbesuma – On, Rogers Kola – Out

Isaac Chansa – On, Mtonga Kondwane Out

Kennedy Mwene – On, Jacob Banda Out

Subs Not Used:

Allan Chigwe, George Chilufya, Adrian Chamba, Nathan Sinkala, Charles Zulu, Rodric Kambwa, Ronald Kampamba

Head coach: Wedson Nyirenda

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