Uganda Cranes beat Tanzania in Independence friendly


Uganda edged Tanzania 2-0 in a friendly game played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Thursday evening.

Second half substitutes Ivan Asaba Di Maria and Joseph Vuni scored the two goals for the Micho coached side.

Both sides fielded fringe players as Tanzania were celebrating their 60th Independence day.

Striker Patrick Kaddu captained the Ugandan team and had the best opportunity in the first half when his header from an Ibrahim Juma corner kick rattled the cross bar.

The corner kick came after SC Villa youngster Travis Mutyaba had a great chance from within the box but his effort was parried out by goalkeeper Metacha Mnata in the 45th minute.

The second half saw Micho introduce Joseph Akandwanaho and Sam Ssenyonjo for Gaddafi’s Frank Mulimi and John Toki Byamukama.

He later introduced Asaba and Alfred Leku for Mutyaba and Ibrahim Juma.

Asaba broke the deadlock with a free header after Kaddu exquisitely set him up from the edge of the box in the 73rd minute.

Micho also brought on Vuni, Frank Ssenyondo and Jack Komakech for Munguchi, Kaddu and goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa respectively.

Tanzania kept surging forward for a possible equalizer but it was Uganda who got another goal.

Ssenyonjo caught the Tanzanian defence on a counter attack and set Vuni who brilliantly looped the ball about the keeper and into the net with two minutes to normal time.

Earlier on, Uganda’s women’s U20 beat their Tanzanian counterparts 1-0 courtesy of Hadija Nandago’s 18th minute goal.

Tanzania XI: Metacha Mnata (GK), Oscar Masai, Nickson Kibabage, Abdul Majid Mangalo, Sospeter Bajana, Kelvin Nashon, Abdul Hamis Suleiman, Meshack Abraham, Vitalis Mayanga, Reliant Lusajo

Uganda XI: Joel Mutakubwa (Jack Komakech), James Begisa, Ibrahim Juma (Ivan Asaba), Najib Fesali, Farouk Katongole, George Kasonko, Steven Munguchi (Joseph Vuni), Travis Mutyaba (Alfred Leku), Frank Mulimi (Joseph Akandwanaho), Patrick Kaddu (Frank Ssenyondo), John Toki Byamukama (Sam Ssenyonjo)

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