Uganda Cranes held by KCCA FC in a trial match

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Uganda Cranes local-based players team played to a one-all stalemate with KCCA FC in a friendly match played at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.

Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry was using the game to determine his team’s preparedness.

Uganda Cranes is preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against South Sudan.

Cranes opened the scoring through Brian Aheebwa but KCCA FC levelled matters through Julius Poloto.

Neither of the sides could get a winner despite creating several chances, especially in the second half.

Seven local-based players added to the squad

McKinstry has whittled down his squad of local-based players as the team prepares for their qualifiers against South Sudan.  

The players who made the final cut are goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, defenders Halid Lwaliwa, Disan Galiwango, and Patrick Mbowa.

Midfielders include Shafik Kagimu, Karim Watambala and forward Brian Aheebwa. 


The seven local-based players selected will join the foreign-based players for next week’s assignment.

McKinstry had initially summoned a squad of 20 players from local clubs in the Ugandan Premier League.

However, after six days of training, he has trimmed the squad down to seven who will now link up with the foreign-based players.  

Mawejje, Iguma left out

Some of the players who have been left out are the experienced trio of Tonny Mawejje, Denis Iguma and Murushid Jjuuko.

These were handed a recall to the national team despite staying out of action for almost a year each. 

Iguma had just returned from injury, while Mawejje has not played active football since leaving Al-Arabi last year.

Meanwhile, Juuko only signed for Express FC two weeks ago after a year out without action. 

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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