International Friendly Match: Uganda Cranes 0-0 Turkmenistan
Uganda Cranes national team and 136th ranked Asian country Turkmenistan settled for a goalless draw as the former intensified their preparations for the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
The variation aside, Turkmenistan gave Uganda a worthy run of their money, out-stretching the CECAFA giants.
Uganda Cranes fielded largely an experimental side with team captain and number one goal keeper Dennis Onyango rested for Adama City’s Robert Odongkara.
In Onyango’s absence, Croatian based forward Faruku Miya, who turns out for HNK Grocia captained the side.
Miya hit the cross bar from a distant free-kick in what seemed to be the most clear cut scoring opportunity for Uganda Cranes.
There were a few positives recorded with the offensive options from winger Abdu Lumala earning his first start and cap for the Uganda Cranes as well as Alexis David Bbakka who was introduced later in the second half for Patrick Henry Kaddu.
Allan Kyambadde also paved way for Simba Sports Club’s Emmanuel Arnold Okwi at the very start of the second half.
Uganda ended the game with 10 men following a sending off for defender Murushid Jjuuko in the second stanza of the game.
Uganda Cranes’ head coach Sebastien Desabre and the rest of the techincal team used the build up to assess the players before submitting the final 23 man list to CAF.
Uganda’s next international friendly match will be against Ivory Coast in Abu Dhabi on 15th June 2019 and it will be open to the public.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Robert Odongkara (G.K), Bevis Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Awany, Murushid Jjuuko, Tadeo Lwanga, Aucho Khalid, Allan Kyambadde, Faruku Miya (Captain), Patrick Henry Kaddu, Abdu Lumala