Abdu Lumala dribbles the ball against DR Congo at AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt

Towards the end of Uganda Cranes 2-0 win against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), stylish and pacy winger Abdu Lumala was stretchered off, as if in a lot of pain.

His place was consequently taken by Isaac Muleme with eight minutes to play.

There are virtually fewer concerns about the fitness of Lumala as the pint-sized Syrianska Football Club midfielder who plays in the Swedish second tier, Superettan has been cleared.

Abdu Lumala engages a DR Congo player as Desabre takes a keen eye

According to the Uganda Cranes’ medical department, Lumala’s knock was minimal and will be fit for the second game on Wednesday.

Lumala was also part of the recovery training session on Sunday evening at the Arab Contractors’ Stadium in the heart of Cairo.

In the session, the players who started the game were excused as they engaged in light drills as the rest were actively involved in the work-outs.

Abdu Lumala dribbles the ball away from DR Congo’s Arthur Masuaku

Lumala had an awesome game in the 2-0 win for Uganda Cranes on Saturday, often taking on the opposition at a blistering pace, quick turns and twists before he passed the ball.

He was involved in the run to the first goal when his cross was brushed out for a corner.

Uganda Cranes’ captain Denis Onyango and Abdu Lumala (Photo: Straitstimes)

The in-swinging corner kick delivery by HNK Gorica player Faruku Miya was diverted home at the near post by KCCA striker Patrick Henry Kaddu.

On some occasions, however, Lumala’s final ball was left wanting but exhibited flashes of brilliance.

The Uganda Cranes lineup that started against DR Congo.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Democratic Republic of Congo:

Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached), Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Abdu Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden)


  • 75′ Patrick Henry Kaddu Off, Allan Kyamadde On
  • 82′ Abdu Lumala Off, Isaac Muleme On
  • 88′ Faruku Miya Off, Timothy Denis Awany On

Subs Not Used:

Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt)

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

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