Godfrey Walusimbi in action against Mali at Afcon 2017
[/media-credit] Faruku Miya, William Luwagga Kizito and Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito walk out of the Stade D’Oyem dressing rooms to the playing turf Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Uganda Cranes managed a single point and goal at the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

This was after the opening two 1-0 identical losses to Ghana Black Stars and Egypt Pharaohs at Stade De Port Gentil before fighting for a point in the 1-1 draw against Mali Eagles at Stade D’Oyem.

Faruku Miya, now loaned to Belgian top flight side Royal Excel Mouscron scored a stunning opener after 70 minutes before Lille exciting midfielder Yves Bissouma replied with a fabulous free-kick three minutes later.

Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye explores the three different line-ups that coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and his technical team put out upon Uganda’s return to the biggest continental footballing fiesta.

[/media-credit] The Uganda Cranes lineup that started against Ghana at AFCON 2017 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Match No: 7 – Stade De Port Gentil

Ghana 1-0 Uganda

Uganda Cranes XI: Dennis Onyango, Dennis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Michael Azira, Faruku Miya, William Luwaga Kizito, Geoffrey Massa (Captain)

Changes:

45′ Moses Oloya replaced Michael Azira

59′ Muhammed Shaban replaced William Luwagga Kizito

69′ Geofrey Sserunkuma replaced Isaac Isinde

Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara (G.K), Yunus Junior Sentamu, Nico Wadada Wakiro, Godfrey Walusimbi, Salim Omar Magoola (G.K), Timothy Dennis Awany, Shafiq Batambuze

Not available For Selection: Khalid Aucho and Murushid Juuko (Suspended due to accumulated yellow cards in the qualifiers)

Team Officials:

Head coach: Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (Serbia)

Assistant coach: Moses Basena (Uganda)

Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba (Uganda)

Team manager: Chrispus Muyinda (Uganda)

Team Doctor: Ronald Kisolo (Uganda)

Team physio: Ivan Ssewanyana (Uganda)

National Teams’ officer: Patrick Ntege (Uganda)

Kits Manager: Saidi Lugolobi (Uganda)

Match Officials:

Center Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)

1st Assistant Referee: Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)

2nd Assistant Referee: Olivier Safari Kabene (Cote D’Ivoire)Egypt 1-0 Uganda

4th Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)

Commissioner: Daniel Alexander Jordan (South Africa)

General Coordinator: Samson Adamu (Nigeria)

[/media-credit] The Uganda Cranes lineup that started against Egypt in AFCON 2017 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Match No.16: Egypt 1-0 Uganda – Stade De Port Gentil

Uganda Cranes XI: Dennis Onyango (GK), Dennis Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Tonny Mawejje, Faruku Miya, Geofrey Massa (Capt), Joseph Ochaya

Changes:

65’ Muhammad Shaban Replaced Geoffrey Massa

81’ Nico Wiko Wadada Replace Faruku Miya

90’ Moses Oloya Replaced Denis Iguma

Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara (G.K), Isaac Isinde, Sentamu Junior Yunus, Geofrey Sserunkuma, William Luwagga Kizito, Moses Oloya, Salim Omar Magoola (G.K), Shafiq Batambuze, Michael Azira

Team Officials:

Head coach: Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (Serbia)

Assistant coach: Moses Basena (Uganda)

Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba (Uganda)

Team manager: Chrispus Muyinda (Uganda)

Team Doctor: Ronald Kisolo (Uganda)

Team physio: Ivan Ssewanyana (Uganda)

National Teams’ officer: Patrick Ntege (Uganda)

Kits Manager: Saidi Lugolobi (Uganda)

Match officials:

Center Referee:

Center Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

1st Assistant Referee: Djibril Camara (Senegal)

2nd Assistant Referee: El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal)

4th Official: Eric Arnaud Otogo Castane (Gabon)

Commissioner: Daniel Alexander Jordaan (South Africa)

General Coordinator: Samson Adamu (Nigeria)

[/media-credit] The Uganda Cranes lineup that started against Mali at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Match No. 24 – Stade D’Oyem

Uganda 1-1 Mali

Uganda Cranes XI: Dennis Odongkara, Dennis Iguma, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Murushid Jjuuko, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Khalid Aucho, Moses Oloya, William Luwaga Kizito, Faruku Miya and Joseph Ochaya.

Changes:

59’ Moses Oloya Out, Tonny Mawejje On

76′ William Luwagga Kizito Out, Geofrey Massa On

90’ Aucho Khalid Out, Michael Azira On

Subs Not Used:

Salim Omar Magoola (G.K), Isaac Isinde, Yunus Junior Sentamu, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Muhammad Shaban, Shafiq Batambuze

Injured: Timothy Dennis Awany and Denis Onyango (G.K)

[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic at the press conference with the Mali head coach Alain Giresse Credit: Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Team Officials:

Head coach: Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (Serbia)

Assistant coach: Moses Basena (Uganda)

Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba (Uganda)

Team manager: Chrispus Muyinda (Uganda)

Team Doctor: Ronald Kisolo (Uganda)

Team physio: Ivan Ssewanyana (Uganda)

National Teams’ officer: Patrick Ntege (Uganda)

Kits Manager: Saidi Lugolobi (Uganda)

Match officials:

Center referee: Lemghaifry Bouchaab (Mauritania)

1st Assistant Referee: Evarest Menkouande (Cameroon)

2nd Assistant Referee: Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)

4th Official: Arnaud Otogo Castane (Gabon)

Commissioner: Amadeo Nguema Ondo Bindang (Equatorial Guinea)

General Coordinator: Paul Russell (South Africa)

[/media-credit] Faruku Miya was named man of the match against Mali Credit: Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes fans at Stade de Port-Gentil ahead of Egypt encounter. Flashing the V-sign is former Director of Kira Young Football Club, Jimmy Lukwago. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

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

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