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Uganda Sand Cranes is the Senior Beach Soccer National Team for men. It was first assembled in 2014 during the international friendly against the Sand Heroes of Zanzibar.

The Current head coach is Salim Jamal Muwonge. The captain is Meddie Kibirige.

Sand Cranes lastest engagement was in December 2019 during the COPA Dar es Salaam Beach Soccer Tournament.

2021 AFCON BEACH SOCCER FINALS – SENEGAL

The Uganda national beach soccer team, the ‘Sand Cranes’ made it to the final AFCON Beach soccer tournament for the first time in their history and finished fourth.

Played in Saly City, Senegal between 23rd-29th May 2021, the Sand Cranes were pitted in group A along with hosts Senegal, neighbors Tanzania and DR. Congo before the former pulled out at the eleventh hour.

GROUP GAMES

Senegal 5-1 Uganda (Scorer, Ismail Kawawulo)

Uganda 4-3 Tanzania (Scorers, Ismail Kawawulo x2, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa, Swalley Ssimbwa)

SEMIFINALS

Uganda 3-6 Mozambique (Scorers, Baker Lukooya, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa, Paul Lule.)

THIRD PLACE PLAYOFF

Morocco 5-3 Uganda (Scorers, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa x2, Baker Lukooya).

Uganda’s Delegation to the AFCON 2021 Beach Soccer Tournament:

Players:

Goalkeepers: Meddie Kibirige (St Lawrence University BSC), Nasser Lwamunda (Kiringente BSC), Mutebi Ronald (St Lawrence University BSC)

Defenders: Paul Lule (Buganda Royal BSC), Davis Kasujja (MUBS BSC), Douglas Muganga (MUBS BSC),Byaruhanga Rica (St Lawrence University BSC), Kikonyogo Jonathan (St Lawrence University BSC), Suleiman Ochero (St. Lawrence University BSC)

Forwards: Ismail Kawawulo (MUBS BSC), Baker Lukooya (St Lawrence University BSC),Emmanuel Wasswa (St Lawrence University BSC), Swalley Ssimbwa (St. Lawrence University BSC), Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC), Ronald Magwali (Buganda Royal BSC)

Officials:

Leader of the Delegation: Hamid Juma

Head coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge

Assistant Coach: Bashir Mutyaba

UBSA Chairman: Deo Mutabazzi

UBSA Delegate: Anthony Tumwesigye

Team Doctor: Ivan Kulika

Team Coordinator: Tonny Ssebagala

Media Officer: Julius Mutebi Bazzeketta

FUFA Secretariat: Isaac Natukunda

2019 COPA Dar es Salaam

During the 2019 COPA Dar es Salaam Sand Cranes played 4 matches and managed to finish runnerup.

Tanzania 3 (0) -3 (2) Uganda Sand Cranes

  • Davis Kasujja, Godfrey Lwesibawa, and Lule Paul scored in the normal time.

Burundi 5-4 Uganda Sand Cranes

  • Douglas Muganga, Suleiman Ochero, Faizal Muwawu, and Ronald Magwali scored for Sand Cranes

Seychelles 0-2 Uganda Sand Cranes

  • Alex Emmanuel Wasswa scored the two goals

Uganda Sand Cranes 6-5 Malawi 

  • Alex Emmanuel Wasswa scored 3 goals, Peter Roch Somoka, Godfrey Lwesibawa, and Douglas Muganga were also on target.

Sand Cranes scorers in COPA Dar es Salaam

  • Alex Emmanuel Wasswa – 5 goals
  • Godfrey Lwesibawa – 2 goals
  • Douglas Muganga – 2 goal
  • Davis Kasujja – 1 goal
  • Suleiman Ochero – 1 goals
  • Faizal Muwawu – 1 goal
  • Ronald Magwali – 1 goal
  • Peter Somoka Roch – 1 goal
  • Paul Lule – 1 goal

Sand Cranes Squad in 2019 COPA Dar es Salaam

Goalkeepers:

  • Meddie Kibirige
  • Nasser Lwamunda

Outfield players:

  • Paul Lule
  • Douglas Muganga
  • Davis Kasujja
  • Rica Byaruhanga
  • Godfrey Lwesibawa
  • Sulaiman Ochero
  • Alex Emmanuel Wasswa
  • Ronald Magwali
  • Roch Peter Somoka
  • Faizo Muwawu

Officials:

  • Leader of the delegation: Ronnie Kalema (FUFA Executive Committee Member)
  • UBSA Chairman: Deo Mutabazi
  • Beach soccer Delegate: Anthony Tumwesigye
  • Head Coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge
  • Assistant Coach: Bashir Mutyaba
  • Team physician: Ivan Kulika
  • Team manager: Tonny Ssebagala
  • Media: Hamza Nsereko Kawuma

2018 Copa Dar es Salaam 

Sand Cranes Matches

Tanzania (10) vs (02) Uganda Sand Cranes

Uganda Sand Cranes(12) vs(09) Malawi

Seychelles (03) vs(09) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Finals: Tanzania (02) vs(01) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Sand Cranes Squad in 2018 COPA Dar es Salaam

Goalkeepers

  • Kibirige Meddie
  • Lwamunda Nasser

Outfield players

  • Kasujja Davis
  • Katwe Allan
  • Ochero Sulaiman
  • Byaruhanga Rica
  • Lwesibawa Godfrey
  • Magwali Ronald
  • Wasswa Emmanuel Alex
  • Kakwaya Swaibu

Officials:

  • Leader of Delegation – Mutabazi Deo
  • Technical Director – Mutyaba Bashir
  • Head Coach – Salim Muwonge Jamal
  • Team Physiotherapist – Bithum Codian Aduny
  • Team Manager – Ssebagala Tonny

AFCON Beach Soccer Qualifiers Egypt

1st Leg.Entebbe 9th September 2018

Uganda Sand Cranes(01) vs (03) Ivory Coast

AFCON Beach Soccer Qualifiers Egypt

Return Leg, 22nd September 2018, Abidjan.

Ivory Coast(04) vs(04) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Head Coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge

Assistant: Seguya Peter

LoD: Rodgers Byamukama.

2017 Copa Dar es Salaam – Dec 2017

Tanzania (05) vs(06) Uganda Sand Cranes

Zanzibar Sand Heroes(09) vs (05) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Malawi(07) vs (04) Uganda Sand Cranes

Classification match: Tanzania(05) vs(04) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Head Coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge

Assistant: Mutyaba Bashir

LoD: Tumwesigye Anthony.

International Friendly Beach Soccer match

Abed Karume Sports centre, Dar es Salaam- Friday 9th Dec 2016.

Tanzania (07) vs (06) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Head Coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge

Assistant: Bashir Mutyaba

LoD: Tumwesigye Anthony

Malindi International Beach Soccer Tournament

Dec 2015, Malindi-Kilifi county.

Kenya A(05) vs (04) Uganda Sand Cranes

Uganda Sand Cranes (10) vs (07) Zanzibar Sand Heroes

Kenya B(04) vs (08) Uganda Sand Cranes

Head Coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge

Assistant: Bashir Mutyaba

LoD: Tumwesigye Anthony.

AFCON Beach Soccer Qualifiers 2016

1st Leg – Entebbe, 15th March 2015.

Uganda Sand Cranes (06) vs(09) Ghana

Head Coach: Haruna Helon Kebba

Assistant: Seguya Peter

AFCON Beach Soccer Qualifier 2016

Return Leg- Accra 23rd March 2015.

Ghana (12) vs (02) Uganda Sand Cranes

Head Coach: Haruna Helon Kebba

LoD: Hamid Juma.

International Friendly

Jan, 2015, Pirates Beach Resort Mombasa.

Kenya(06) vs (07) Uganda Sand Cranes

Head Coach: Haruna Helon Kebba.

Assistant: Seguya Peter

LoD: Tumwesigye Anthony

International Friendly

Dec 6th, 2014 Stone City Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Sand Heroes(04) vs (05) Uganda Sand Cranes.

Head Coach: Haruna Helon Kebba

Assistant: Seguya Peter.

LoD: Tumwesigye Anthony.

Senegal 2021 AFCON Beach Soccer finals 

The Uganda national beach soccer team, the Sand Cranes made it to the final AFCON Beach soccer tournament for the first time in their history and finished fourth.
Played in Saly City, Senegal between 23rd-29th May 2021, the Sand Cranes were pitted in group A along hosts Senegal, neighbors Tanzania and DR. Congo before the former pulled out at the eleventh hour.
Games played at the tournament.
Senegal 5-1 Uganda (Scorer, Ismail Kawawulo)
Uganda 4-3 Tanzania (Scorers, Ismail Kawawulo x2, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa, Swalley Ssimbwa)
Semi finals.
Uganda 3-6 Mozambique (Scorers, Baker Lukooya, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa, Paul Lule.)
Third place.
Morocco 5-3 Uganda (Scorers, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa x2, Baker Lukooya).
Uganda’s Delegation to the AFCON 2021 Beach Soccer Tournament:
Players:
Goalkeepers: Meddie Kibirige (St Lawrence University BSC), Nasser Lwamunda (Kiringente BSC), Mutebi Ronald (St Lawrence University BSC)
Defenders: Paul Lule (Buganda Royal BSC), Davis Kasujja (MUBS BSC), Douglas Muganga (MUBS BSC),Byaruhanga Rica (St Lawrence University BSC), Kikonyogo Jonathan (St Lawrence University BSC), Suleiman Ochero (St. Lawrence University BSC)
Forwards: Ismail Kawawulo (MUBS BSC), Baker Lukooya (St Lawrence University BSC),Emmanuel Wasswa (St Lawrence University BSC), Swalley Ssimbwa (St. Lawrence University BSC), Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC), Ronald Magwali (Buganda Royal BSC)
Officials:
Leader of delegation: Hamid Juma
Head coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge
Assistant Coach: Bashir Mutyaba
UBSA Chairman: Deo Mutabazzi
UBSA Delegate: Anthony Tumwesigye
Team Doctor: Ivan Kulika
Team Coordinator: Tonny Ssebagala
Media Officer: Julius Mutebi Bazzeketta
FUFA Secretariat: Isaac Natukunda
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