Nelson Senkatuka, Milton Karisa and Emmanuel Okwi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cranes Regional Tour 2017

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[/media-credit] Nelson Senkatuka celebrates his goal against Kitara Region Select side Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The Uganda Cranes successfully concluded the Kitara Region tour with a convincing performance against the Kitara Region Select side.

A  3-1 victory before hundreds of passionate football fans at Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal on Sunday gave head coach Milutin Sredejovic and the rest of his technical team some reasons to smile about ahead of a busy international calendar.

Emmanuel Okwi scored a brace in the game with the other strike coming from Nelson Senkatuka.

The national team led 3-0 by the half time mark with Okwi scoring the first in the 24th minute from a Shafiq Kagimu’s cross off the left wing.

Senkatuka powerfully nodded home on a dive the second off Milton Karisa’s teasing ball in the 42nd minute.

[/media-credit] Emmanuel Okwi scores during the Uganda Cranes Regional Tour match against the Kitara Region Select side Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Okwi got the third in the first added minute of the first half when he followed up a Hassan Wasswa Mawanda dropping header that had already beaten goalkeeper Isaac Kwizera and looked destined to cross the goal line.

Second half substitute Beckam Musoki pulled one for the home team when he connected a rebound after his first attempt from a penalty spot had kissed the cross bar.

Robert Kakeeto battles for the ball Credit: © Kawowo Sports / JOHN BATANUDDE

Central defender was Halid Lwaliwa replaced early in the first half after a leg injury. His place was taken by Savio Kabugo in the 17th minute.

Micho fielded two different sides for either halves with the exception of Kabugo who virtually played in either halves.

[/media-credit] Emmanuel Okwi celebrates one of his goals against Kitara Region Select side Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Kirinya-Jinja S.S goalie Tom Ikara was also introduced mid-way in the second half for Proline’s shot stopper Saidi Keni.

This was the second time that the Uganda Cranes defeated Kitara region, following a comprehensive 6-0 result in 2015.

[/media-credit] Part of the crowd that watched Uganda Cranes take on Kitara Region Select side Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The regional tours were started to rally support for the national team and give the fans an opportunity to associate, watch their favourite stars on the team.

Uganda Cranes main sponsors, Airtel Uganda and beer company Nile Breweries Limited under the flagship brand Nile Special finance these tours as coordinated by Kibo Media.

Uganda Cranes Team 1: Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Martin Kiiza, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain), Halid Lwaliwa, Deus Bukenya, Robert Kakeeto, Shafiq Kagimu, Nelson Senkatuka, Emmanuel Okwi, Milton Karisa
Team 2: Saidi Keni (replaced by Tom Ikara mid second half), Allan Drajua, John Adriko, Savio Kabugo, Benard Muwanga, Tadeo Lwanga, Francis Olaki, Ali Gift, Erisa Ssekisambu, Isaac Jjunju, Nicholas Kasozi
Kitara Region XI: Isaac Kwizera, Denis Alion, Timothy Kato, Gerrald Bairenzi, Maxwello Owarinzingui, Augustine Kacancu, Godfrey Kasingo, Ronald Kyamanywa, Patrick Kusemerererwa, Silvester Mumber, Vincent Kasonki
Subs: Jamil Kiyimba, Ramadhan Karim, Emmanuel Amanyirebyona, Job Talemwa, Beckam Musoki, Ezekel Agaba, Harrison Kwezi

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

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