Muhammed Shaban Credit: Kawowo Sports

Test Match: Uganda Cranes 3-1 The Saints

Muhammed Shaban Celebrates
Muhammed Shaban Celebrates a goal in a Uganda Cranes’ jersey Credit: Kawowo Sports

There are still early days of the preparations but all signs are eminent that the Uganda Cranes’ journey to Gabon 2017 is promising and will soon be bright.

Onduparaka captain Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban, highly tipped to be the wild card for coach Milutin Sredejovic in the final 23 man squad at the AFCON finals next year continued with his normal code of business – scoring.

Shaban scored in the 3rd minute before Iceland based midfielder Tonny Mawejje added the second at the dawn of the opening stanza before a second half strike from Geofrey Sserunkuma sealed victory for the national side.

Uganda Cranes' Tonny Mawejje attempts to go past a Congo Brazzaville player
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes’ Tonny Mawejje attempts to go past a Congo Brazzaville player Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The match was played behind closed doors at Nakivubo stadium for reasons best explained by the coach as the team marked their second day of non-residential training.

Day one was marred by a heavy storm but still, the training happened albeit with just 10 players.

KCCA first choice goalie Benjamin Ochan, whose club contract expires next month was among the players introduced in the second stanza of the game.

Others were Dennis Okot for Nico Wakiro Wadada at right back, Timothy Dennis Awanyi for the towering Onduparaka young center half and seven more fresh players.

Day three of the team training resumes Friday afternoon before the rest on Saturday as KCCA will host Tusker in a highly billed international friendly match at Lugogo.

Uganda Cranes XI: Ismail Watenga (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Richard Kasagga Jjuuko, Halid Lwaliwa, Rashid Toha, Denis Iguma, Keziron Kizito, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Tonny Mawejje, Yunus Sentamu, Muhammad Shaban

Second Half subs: Benjamin Ochan(GK), Denis Okot,Timothy Dennis Awanyi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Muzamir Mutyaba, Joseph Ochaya, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Edrisa Lubega and Derrick Nsibambi

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

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