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Strong start for McKinstry as Uganda Cranes beats Ethiopia

International Friendly Match: Ethiopia 0-1 Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes registered a 1-0 victory over Ethiopia during the international build up match played at the Bahir Dar Stadium on Sunday.

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi headed home the game’s lone strike  that kicked off the first of the many international matches lined up for newly appointed Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry.

Okwi nodded the goal following a well delivered cross by left winger Joseph Benson Ochaya in the 20th minute of the well attended game in the horn of Africa country.

There was no further goal from either side after that as Uganda Cranes defence held it tight and efforts by the forwards to double the lead were frustrated by the solid Ethiopian back line.

Abdul Lumala (middle) dribbles during the game. McKinstry had the opportunity to see his players for the first time in action. 

The build up was of significance to the Uganda Cranes ahead of the two AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi to be played between 11th and 19th of November 2019.

Majority of the many foreign based players will return to the respective clubs by Monday.

The two home based players and the technical team are expected to reach Entebbe International Airport on Monday evening and later join the Uganda Cranes Squad preparing for the final round of the of the CHAN Qualifiers against Burundi.

Also straight away, McKinstry will join the CHAN team that kicked off preparations on Sunday at Lugogo for the return leg of the TOTAL CHAN 2020 match against Burundi this coming Saturday.

L-R (Standing back row): Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bevis Mugabi, Ronald Brian Mukiibi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Denis Onyango (Captain). Front Row: Abdu Lumala, Allan Kyambadde, Tadeo Lwanga, William Luwagga Kizito and Henry Patrick Kaddu
The substitutes and members of the technical team. 3rd Left is Head coach Johnathan McKinstry

Uganda Cranes XI:

Denis Onyango (GK, Captain), Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi (Nico Wakiro Wadada), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Bevis Mugabi Kristoper Kizito, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Allan Kyambadde (Kirizestom Ntambi), Abdu Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu (Isaac Muleme), William Kizito Luwagga (Moses Opondo)
Substitutes Not Used:
Robert Odongkara (G.K), Timothy Denis Awany, Milton Karisa, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kayiwa
Left full back Joseph Benson Ochaya races to the ball during the game. He made the delivery to Okwi  who netted the game’s only goal. 
A section of fans who watched Uganda Cranes’ 1-0 victory over Ethiopia on Sunday in Bahir Dar 
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