Uganda 0-1 Central African Republic (CAR)
Stade General Seyni Kountche, Niger
Uganda Cranes lost the first of its two friendly games to be played in the May-June window as they went down 1-0 to Central African Republic.
In the game played under flood lights at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on Wednesday night, Ralph Kottoy scored the only goal on the night, towards the end of half time.
The Cranes tried to get back into the game as the technical team made several changes but could not find the elusive equalizing goal.
William Luwagga Kizito and Milton Karisa became the first two players to be introduced in the 54th minute during a double substitution for Faruku Miya and Yunus Sentamu respectively.
Then Isaac Muleme came on for Allan “Dancing Rasta” Kateregga in the 61st minute before striker Edrisa Lubega replaced Aucho Khalid barely three minutes left on the clock.
What they said after the game:
Sebastian Desabre, Cranes head coach.
“We played a great game but did one individual mistake in the first half and they purnished us.
“After that, we tried to catch them off guard but failed.
“I can say that we tried all we could but it was just not possible for us to win the game today.
“Of course am disappointed but during the game, i saw my team take risks and i think we just couldn’t score and win.
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Cranes captain on the night.
“We lost the game today but we are happy with the way we played.
“We stayed on our strategy and we got so many chances as CAR was on the back end.
“They got one chance in the first half and hurts us.
“It should be a wake up call for us players to know where we stand because this is the time to rectify mistakes before the Tanzania game.
“We hope for a better result in the next game against Niger.
Uganda will play Niger on Saturday in the final build up match.
UGANDA CRANES starting XI Vs Central African Republic:
Salim Jamal Magola
Timothy Denis Awany
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda
Emmanuel Arnold Okwi
Charles Lukwago (G.K), Allan Kyambadde, Taddeo Lwanga, Moses Opondo, Bevis Mugabi