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Uganda Cranes’ head coach Desabre optimistic after win over Ivory Coast

International Friendly Match:

Ivory Coast 0-1 Uganda Cranes

Faruku Miya’s first half penalty was the lone strike that Uganda Cranes needed to overcome West Africans Ivory Coast 1-0 in an international friendly match played at Sheikh Zayed Sport City on Saturday afternoon.

Miya struck the from the penalty spot in the 35th minute to guide Uganda Cranes to victory.

Uganda Cranes’ Faruku Miya with a free-kick delivery during the game 

Head coach Sebastien Desabre was impressed about the performance of the team calling for focus and concentration ahead of the 2019 TOTAL AFCON finals in Egypt.

L-R: Head coach Sebastien Desabre, assistant Mathias Lule and goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba

‘We played the match against Ivory Coast in situations. It was a perfect game to assess some players and hope the team will be ready for the AFCON finals first game. There was positive attitude throughout the match. Winning in football is important for the mental preparedness of the team. After tomorow (Sunday), there will be another change of focus when we arrive in Egypt’ remarked Desabre moments after the match.

Faruku Miya enjoys a light moment with the fans after the game

Lauds Fans:

Desabre also appreciated the fans who threw their weight behind the Uganda Cranes for the entire duration of the match.

‘It was very important to give an emotion to the fans to show that we have done preparations. We shall try to do the maximum for them and the country as a whole’ added Desabre.

Ivory Coast and Uganda Cranes players during an aerial contest

In the match against Ivory Coast, KCCA striker Henry Patrick Kaddu paved way for club-mate Allan Kyambadde, Isaac Muleme was introduced for Abdu Lumala, towering defender Ronald Brian Mukiibi Ddungu made his debut after replacing Murushid Jjuuko and Miya paved way for Tadeo Lwanga.

Faruku Miya closes gap
Allan Kyambadde beats his marker during the second stanza of the game

Calls for coordinated display:

The coach also urged for collective display from all the players in a bid to foster cohesion, a team pillar in the team building process.

‘The most important for us is to work a one complete unit with good coordination and focus. At this level, we are ready with the organization and the talents. There is need for cohesion coupled with the individual players to work for the best desired results’ he added.

Uganda Cranes players during a water break

This was the second international friendly match for Uganda Cranes after the goal-less stalemate against Asian country Turkmenistan a week earlier.

The Uganda Cranes will fly to Egypt on Monday, 17th June 2019.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo with the Executive Committee member Issa Magoola in the stands
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo greets the fans moments after the match

Uganda Cranes XI

Team Line Ups:

Uganda Cranes XI:

Dennis Onyango (G.K, Captain), Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko (89’ Ronald Mukiibi), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Aucho Khalid, Mike Azira, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya (82′ Tadeo Lwanga), Patrick Henry Kaddu (46’ Allan Kyambadde), Abdu Lumala (66’ Isaac Muleme)

Subs Not Used:

Robert Odongkara (G.K), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awany, William Luwagga Kizito, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kateregga, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Salim Omar Magoola

Head coach: Sebastien Desabre

Ivory Coast XI:

Sylvain Gbohouo (G.K), Serge Aurier (Captain), Ismael Traore, Wilfried Kanon, Souleyman Doumbia, Franck Kessie, Jean Philippe Gbamin, Jean Michael Seri, Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Kodjia, Max Alain Gradel

Subs:

Eliezer Tape Ira, Badra Ali Sangare, Coulibaly Wonlo, Cheick Comara, Victorien Angban, Wilfried Zaha, Maxwell Cornet, Ibrahim Sangare, Roger Assale, Geoffroy Serey Die, Mamadou Bagayoko, Wilfried Bony

Head coach: Ibrahim Kamara

Match Officials:

  • Referee: Sultan Abdurazzaq
  • Assistant Referee 1: Hassan Almahri
  • Assistant Referee 2: Zayed Dawood
  • Fourth Official: Hamad Ali Yousef
Uganda Cranes fans carry aloft the national flag
Uganda Cranes players Bevis Mugabi, Dennis Onyango, Tadeo Lwanga and Allan Kateregga engage the fans after the match
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