Uganda 1-1 Gabon

A late Ronald Ntsitsigui well tapped in effort cancelled Erisa Ssekisambu’s first half opener as Uganda Cranes shared the spoils with Gabon in an international build-up played at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.

The visitors had a bright start by showing agency and intensity inside the opening minutes of the game played on astro-turf. Cedric Ondo Biyoghe narrowly missed target from over 30 yards in the 3rd minute of the fast paced game.

Uganda quickly recovered and a well-orchestrated move two minutes later yielded a corner.

Ssekisambu shot wide narrowly after with the quarter hour mark knocking but it was lanky goalkeeper, Ismail Watenga who came to the hosts’ rescue with a telling save off Stevy Gucvane Nzambe.

In the 33rd minute, right back Dennis Okot met Miya well played ball and Ssekisambu was perfectly stationed to nod home the opener past CF Mounana’s goalkeeper Stephane Bitseki Moto.

Ronald Ntsitsigui Ewouta of AS Mangasport replied for the visitors barely 10 minutes left on the clock.


Micho called for four changes as the second half of the game started.

Muzamir Mutyaba and Francis Olaki were the first two changes and they replaced team captain, Faruok Miya and Ceasar Okhuti respectively.

Ivan Ntege came in for Erisa Ssekisambu, Mathias Kigonya replaced Ismail Watenga and Robert Sentongo paved way for Frank Kalanda.

Three players; Geofrey Sserunkuma, goalkeeper James Alitho and Martin Kizza did not make the final 20 and will be considered for the Cameroon build up on Wednesday

Team Line-ups:

Uganda Cranes XI: Ismail Watenga (G.K), Dennis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Benard Muwanga, Richard Kasagga Juuko, Timothy Dennis Awany  Kezironi Kizito, Erisa Ssekisambu, Faruku Miya, Ceasar Okhuti, Robert Sentongo

Subs: Mathias Kigonya, Ivan Ntege, Isaac Muleme, Hassan Wasswa Dazzo, Frank Kalanda, Francis Olaki, Muzamir Mutyaba, Ambrose Kirya

Gabon XI: Stephane Moto Bitseki (G.K), Rodrigue Moundounga, Stevy Gucvane Nzambe, Prince Junior Ndinga Ongolo, Franck Obambou, Cyrive Avebe Engozo’o, Kabi Tche Djesnot, Knox Ness Younga,  Cedric Ondo Biyoghe, Allen Dorian, Abdou Atchabao

Subs: Laurhian Kanstouga (G.K), Paulin Roger Nzanbi (G.K), Essono Heyong Stephane, Aaaron Salem Boupenda, Yann Jose Gnassa Nangonda, Georges Anaboubrouet, Lionel Richie Yackou, Wils Vladimir Ogoula Aworet, Ronald Ntsitsigui

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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