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Uganda Cranes beats Western Region in Bushenyi

Uganda Cranes Regional Tour-Western in Bushenyi

TF: Western Region Select 0-1 Uganda Cranes 

Goal: Bashir Mutanda

Venue: Bushenyi Main Ground on Saturday 18th May 2019

Stand in coach Abdallah Mubiru is impressed by the spirit that has been exhibited so far by his boys in the Uganda Cranes COSAFA bound team implying the readiness of each of the players to deliver.

The Cranes were 1-0 winners over the Western region select in the regional tour game played at the Bushenyi Main ground in front of a mammoth crowd that thronged the venue to catch a glimpse of the their National team stars who will be representing the country in the COSAFA championship 2019 that kicks off on 25th May in the South African city of Durban.

Fans’ darling Paul Mucuurezi (17) taking care of the ball during the regional tour match in Bushenyi.

Uganda Cranes all important goal was scored by Bashir Mutanda who had shortly replaced Nelson Senkatuuka midway into the second. in a match that saw Mutyaba Bashr Captain the National team. The delivery into the area was by Mustafa Kizza from the left wing on a wet ground.

Musitafa Kizza (L) with the delivery
Micheal Birungi (L) and goal scorer Bashir Mutanda (R) celebrate after giving Uganda Cranes the lead in Bushenyi

Despite the heavy downpour prior to the match, the turn up was very impressive.

Part of the crowd that turned at Bushenyi Main ground to catch Uganda Cranes take on Western region Select team in the regional tour matches sponsored by Airtel and Nile Special.
Business on a standstill as fans devised differrent means to catch a glimpse of the Uganda Cranes vs Western Regional Select team match in Bushenyi on Saturday.

‘It has been a good game in a wonderful environment with a very impressive turn up. We tried to have control of the ball but it took us long to really settle in. We struggled almost the entire first half trying to get used to the field conditions and get our rhythm which we eventually did in the second half creating many chances which unfortunately were not efficient enough to turn them into goals’ stated Mubiru to the media shortly after the game.

Standin Uganda Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru was impressed by his team’s display against Western region Select Team. Uganda Cranes won the match 1-0.
John Revita (L) tries to take the better of the ball against a Western regional select player during the match

‘The most important thing we finally got that goal which handed us the victory. It was very important for us to win as it boosts the players’ morale and confidence as we get closer to the kick-off of the championship  added Mubiru who is standing in for Head coach Sebastien Desabre now another Uganda Cranes Senior Preliminary Squad preparing for the 2019 AFCON Finals.

Mubiru continued to say that the regional tour game organised by the national team official sponsors Airtel Uganda and the official beer partners Nile Special was very important as it availed him with another opportunity to assess his players’ potential and understanding who plays better where, with whom and when.

Uganda Cranes starting XI that faced Western region Select team in Bushenyi.
Western Region Select Team that played against Uganda Cranes in Bushenyi
Inspection of teams led by FUFA Executive Member Chris Kalibbala (suit)


Click Regional Tour Startlist Western vs Uganda Cranes Bushenyi 

Uganda Cranes Officials

  • Head Coach:  Abdallah Mubiru
  • Goalkeeping coach: Saddiq Wassa
  • Manager: Geofrey Massa
  •  Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago
  • Kits Manager: Frank Bumpenje
  • Media Officer: Stephen Mayamba