Samuel Mpiima during a flag off ceremony for the national beach soccer team last year Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] Samuel Mpiima, the head of Futsal and Beach Soccer at FUFA Hands over the Uganda flag to the Sand Cranes at Mengo in Kampala during the team’s send off ceremony Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

International Friendly Match

Friday, 9th December 2016

Tanzania Vs Uganda

The Uganda Sand Cranes on Wednesday night arrived safely in the coastal city of Dar es salaam in Tanzania.

The team endured a 1646 KM road journey that started at FUFA House in Kampala on Tuesday afternoon with stop overs at Nairobi and Eldoret.

The team had 10 players and 10 officials led by FUFA Beach soccer delegate, Anthony Tumwesigye and Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) chairman, Deo Mutabazi.

“We arrived well and the players are safe for the job on Friday” Mutabazi told Kawowo Sports.

They are expected to conduct a last training session on Thursday afternoon.

The players on the team:

Newly crowned Airtel – FUFA Beach Soccer player of the season, Roch Somoka is the team captain of the side that also has Meddie Kibirige and Micheal Kalule as goalkeepers.

The other players who left were Allan Katwe, Davis Kasujja, Ambrose Naturinda, Sulaiman Ochero, Emmanuel Kalyowa, Geofrey Akabwai and sharp shooter Swaibu Kakwaya.

Head coach Salim Muwonge will be assisted by Bashir Mutyaba in Friday’s international match against Tanzania.

Traveling contingent:

Goalkeepers: Meddie Kibirige, Micheal Kalule

Outfield players:  Allan Katwe, Davis Kasujja, Ambrose Naturinda, Sulaiman Ochero,  Emmanuel Kalyowa, Roch Somoka (Captain), Swaib Kakwaya and Geofrey Akabwai

Officials:

Head coach: Salim Muwonge

Assistant coach: Bashir Mutyaba

Leader of Delegation: Anthony Tumwesigye

Referees: Meddie Ssenteza and Shafiq Mugerwa

Media Officer: Patrick Lugemwa

Team Doctor: Jona Kukiriza

CAF Beach Soccer Instructor: Ali Mwebe

Uganda Beach Soccer Association (USBA) Chairman: Deo Mutabazi

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

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