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Sand Cranes go down at the hands of Ivory Coast in AFCON qualifiers

The Sand Cranes team that lost to Ivory Coast on Sunday (Photo by FUFA Media)

CAF Beach Soccer – AFCON Qualifiers

Uganda 1-3 Ivory Coast

Spenah Beach, Entebbe

Sunday, 09-09-2018

The Uganda Beach Soccer National team, Sand Cranes were dealt a major blow in their bid to reach a first ever AFCON tournament as they lost to Ivory Coast.

The Sand Cranes fell short 3-1 to their visitors in the first leg of the qualifiers played at Spennah beach-Entebbe on Sunday.

Ivory Coast scored through Eric Bile, Daniel N’guessan Kouassitchi and Frederic Aka Kablan.

Uganda’s team captain Douglas Muganga scored the consolation for the hosts in a physically well contested duel.

After the game, Sand Cranes coach Salim Muwongo was optimistic the deficit can be over turned in the second leg.

“We have created a couple of goal scoring chances although we did not utilize them, said Muwonge.

“We played against a side that has played at the CAF final championship a number of times and we have learnt from the mistakes done and vow to improve before the return leg.

“The 1-3 margin can be easily overturned during the return leg.

The winner between Uganda and Ivory Coast will qualify for the tournament proper later this year in Egypt.

They will face-off in the second leg of the qualifiers on September 21st, in Abidjan.

Uganda Sand Cranes team that featured against Ivory Coast on Sunday:

Meddie Kibirige (G.K), Allan Katwe, Douglas Muganga (Captain), Ronald Magwari, Ben Ocen

Subs:

Nasser Lwamunda (G.K), Paul Lule, Sulaiman Ochero, Roch Peter Somoka, Rica Byaruhanga, Tom Kimuli, Swalleh Ssimbwa

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