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Uganda Cranes make Nigeria’s Super Eagles sweat

Okwi in action against Nigeria today. PHOTO @officialfufa

International friendly
Nigeria ?? 0 Uganda ?? 0

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes and the Nigeria Super Eagles played to a draw in a closely contested international friendly match  at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday

The well attended clash was a perfectly contested physical duel that witnessed either sides create goal scoring opportunities but with tight defence lines. Uganda marched on without captain Denis Onyango, and striker Farouk Miya.

Uganda Cranes were denied a first half penalty when Jamilu Collins brought down Allan Kyambadde, while Derrick Nsibambi volleyed wide an over head kick inside the goal area in what seemed a great opportunity for Uganda Cranes.

Captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi and Moses Waiswa also attempted at the Nigerian goal in vain.

Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and towering John Ogu were kept under check by the Ugandan defence of Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Denis Awany, Denis Iguma and goalkeeper Salim Jamal.

The introduction of Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Allan Kateregga and Milton Karisa for Tadeo Lwanga, Derrick Nsibambi, Allan Kyambadde and Moses Waiswa failed to break the deadlock

The high profile friendly comes just three days after the Uganda Cranes qualified for a second straight African Cup of Nations finals, by beating Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala on Saturday.

The match was also played hours after a shock result for Uganda’s Under 23 team in the Olympic qualifiers. South Sudan won 2-0 in Juba to advance to the next round 2-1 on agregate.

Uganda Cranes XI vs Nigeria

Salim Jamal (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Dennis Iguma, Timothy Denis Awanyi, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Moses Waiswa, Allan Kyambadde, Derrick Nsibambi.

Substitutes: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Isaac Muleme, Isaac Isinde, Milton Karisa, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Allan Kateregga, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Patrick Kaddu

Group L  

Standings P W D L F A  PTS

Uganda     5  4  1  0  7  0  13

Tanzania    4  1  2  1  3  4   5

C. Verde     5  1  1  3  4  5  4

Lesotho     4   0  2  2  2  7  2

Uganda’s Africa Cup of Nations record

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 to
United Arab Republic 1959
Did not enter
Ethiopia 1962 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Ghana 1963 Withdrew
Tunisia 1965 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 8
Sudan 1970 to
Cameroon 1972
Did not qualify
Egypt 1974 Group Stage 6th 3 0 1 2 3 5
Ethiopia 1976 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 6
Ghana 1978 Runners-Up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
Nigeria 1980 to
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984 to
Morocco 1988
Did not qualify
Algeria 1990 Withdrew
Senegal 1992 to
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Did not qualify
Gabon 2017 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Cameroon 2019 to
Guinea 2023
To be determined
Total Runners-Up 6/31 19 3 2 14 18 34


SOURCE: FUFAMedia  & Wikipedia



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