Uganda Cranes’ players celebrate Joseph Ochaya’s goal, the third on the day

Kampala Regional Select 1-6 Uganda Cranes

Fixtures for the national side as Kampala regional select team are often envisaged as plat forms to give the Uganda Cranes players playing time, confidence and morale ahead of future ”serious” and competitive fixtures.

When the national side humiliated Kampala region select team 6-1 at the Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku on Saturday, the technical bench, fans and the players themselves shared one common aspect – celebrating goals, which are a rare commodity to cheer about in Uganda.

Strikes from Saddam Ibrahim Juma, Muhammed Shaban and Joseph Ochaya gave the national side a 3-1 half time lead but the grey area was that conceded goal – arising between a mis-communication between Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and goalie Benjamin Ochan.

The second stanza of the game witnessed a much changed side with 11 changes to the Uganda Cranes side.

Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru Mutyaba and Tonny Mawejje were all on target as the national team ran rout.

Shafiq Kagimu paved way for Godfrey Lwesibawa with 20 minutes to play but Allan Kayiwa was denied his national team debut after the fourth official indicated the winger was not included on the team sheet.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda captained the first half side whilst Tonny Mawejje was skipper for the second half team.

This was the 9th regional tour match for the national team, the 7th victory having drawn one all with Eastern and lost 1-0 to West Nile.

Focus now turns to the preparations of the Zambia international friendly game next Tuesday.

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

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