Uganda Cranes' Abdul Azizi Kayondo beats a Iraq opponent during the game at the Al-Shohada International Stadium in Baghdad city

International Build Up:

  • Iraq 1-0 Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes lost 1-0 to the Iraq national team during at international build up game played at the Al-Shohada International Stadium in Baghdad city on Friday, 21st January 2022.

Alaa Abbas Abdulnabi Al-Fartoosi was the hero with the only goal of the match before a fully packed stadium of about 60,000 spectators.

Al-Fartoosi volleyed home with an acrobatic kick following a well delivered cross from the right.

Milton Karisa shields the ball from an Iraq opponent

Iraq defended in numbers for the rest of the match denying the CECAFA region member country spaces and any opportunities to find the back of the net.

Uganda Cranes technical bench started with Chippa United goalkeeper Isima Bin Rashid Watenga in between the goal posts.

The backline had Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Abdul-Azizi Kayondo, Enock Walusimbi and Halid Lwaliwa.

BUL’s George Kasonko was the holding midfielder with Rogers Mato and Milton Karisa providing the assisting roles.

Rogers Mato in action for Uganda Cranes against Iraq

The trio of Henry Patrick Kaddu, Yunus Junior Sentamu and Steven Desse Mukwala led the quest of the goals.

Midfielder Chris Pius Akena earned his debut with the Uganda Cranes. When he replaced Milton Karisa with 20 minutes to play.

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic hailed the Football Federation of Iraq and the Government for the international football experience.

“We have picked important lessons from this international build up match against Iraq. We thank the FA, Government and everybody who enabled this match. There are crucial learning points from such a build-up” Micho revealed moments after the match.

Uganda Cranes face Bahrain on 27th January 2022.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Iraq

Uganda Cranes XI: Isima Bin Rashid Watenga (G.K), Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Abdul-Azizi Kayondo, Enock Walusimbi, Halid Lwaliwa, George Kasonko, Rogers Mato, Milton Karisa, Henry Patrick Kaddu, Yunus Junior Sentamu, Steven Desse Mukwala

Changes: 46’ Steven Mukwala – OUT, Martin Kizza ON; 60’ Yunus Junior Sentamu OUT, Mohamed Shaban ON; Rogers Mato ON, Ashraf Mugume OUT; 70’ Milton Karisa OUT, Chris Akena ON; Bright Anukani ON, Patrick Henry Kaddu ON

Substitutes Not Used: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Jack Komakech (G.K), Innocent Esimu Wafula, Eric Ssenjobe, Najib Fesali, Travis Mutyaba

FIFA Referees with the Iraq team captain and Uganda Cranes’ Isima Watenga
Coaches Željko Petrović (Iraq) and Milutin Sredojevic (Uganda Cranes) embrace after the game

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

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