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Hard fighting Uganda Cranes fall short to South Africa in international build up duel

International Build Up match: South Africa 3-2 Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes lost 3-2 to South Africa during an international build up match played at the Orlando stadium on Thursday, 10th June 2021.

Ibrahim Orit and second half substitute Abdul Lumala found the goals for Uganda Cranes in a match played under closed doors because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ibrahim Orit celebrates Uganda Cranes opener

Bongokuhle Hlongwane and substitute Evidence Makgopa (brace) replied for the hosts.

Orit gave Uganda Cranes with a diving header off a telling cross from the right by team captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi in the 18th minute.

Uganda Cranes’ midfielder Shafik Kuchi Kagimu passes the ball
Uganda Cranes captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi in possession of the ball

Hlongwane found the equalizer for Bafana Bafana, a few minutes into the second half.

Makgopa then gave the hosts the lead and moments later doubled the advantage to build a two goal lead.

Lumala reduced the deficit to make it 3-2 for the visitors and grant the closing minutes of the game a tense ending.

The game is preparing the two countries for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Paul Willa (right) in action
Uganda Cranes XI Vs Bafana Bafana
South Africa XI Vs Uganda
Uganda and South African teams moments before kick off
Uganda Cranes Head coach Abdallah Mubiru
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