Uganda National Beach Soccer Team, Sand Cranes intensified their preparations for the forthcoming Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers by defeating Jinja Lions BSC in a practice match on Sunday.
The Sand Cranes will face Comoros later this month in the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Comoros.
In the game played on Sunday at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru, the National Team won 9-1.
FUFA Beach Soccer League top scorer Ambrose Kigozi orchestrated the damage, bagging a hat trick.
Joshua Lubwama scored twice while Ronald Magwali, Brian Nkuubi, Nicholas Mwere and Churchill Kamba netted a goal apiece.
Herman Kasadha pulled one back for Jinja Lions BSC.
Coach Salim Jamal Magoola was impressed with the performance of the team and believes this was a good test.
“The few days spent we have been in camp have given us a good start and definitely this practice game is a testimony to that. There is improvement both in the tactical and technical abilities of the players.
I hope if we get more practice matches in the remaining days, we will be in perfect shape for the Qualifiers.” He said.
The first leg will be played between 22nd-24th July in Comoros with the return leg coming between 5th-7th, August in Uganda. The winner on aggregate will qualify to the final tournament.
The 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations will be held from 21st to 30th October in Maputo, Mozambique.
Uganda is seeking to return to the final tournament for the second successive time having played at the 2021 edition in Senegal where the team reached the semifinals.
Team in camp
Samson Kirya (Buganda Royal BSC), Meddie Kibirige (St. Lawrence BSC), Ronald Mutebi (St. Lawrence BSC), Siraje Masembe (Mutoola BSC)
Sharif Lubega (Buganda Royal BSC), Hassan Ali Luboyera (Buganda Royal BSC), Paul Lule (Buganda Royal BSC), Jonathan Kikonyogo (St. Lawrence BSC), Rica Arch Byaruhanga (St. Lawrence BSC), Allan Katwe (St. Lawrence BSC), Churchill Katamba (Mutoola BSC), Ashraf Apuuli (Mutoola BSC)
Isma Kawawulo (MUBS BSC), Baker Lukoya (St. Lawrence BSC), Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC), Joshua Lubwama (St. Lawrence BSC), Shaka Ssozi (Jinja Lions BSC), Nicholas Mwere(Jinja Lions BSC), Godfrey Lwesibawa (Buganda Royal BSC), Brian Nkuubi (St. Lawrence BSC)
Salim Jamal Muwonge – Head Coach
Bashir Mutyaba – Technical Director Manager
Brian Bisaso – Goalkeeping Coach
Tonny Ssebagala -Team Manager –
Ivan Kulika – Team Doctor
Julius Mutebi- Media Officer