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Uganda Sand Cranes head coach Muwonge expresses readiness to face Mozambique in semi-finals

2021 Beach soccer Africa cup of Nations Senegal:

Semi-finals: Uganda Vs Mozambique (Friday, 28th May) – Saly Beach Soccer Stadium

Group A Results:

Senegal 5-1 Uganda

Uganda 4-3 Tanzania

Senegal 3-1 Tanzania

Uganda National beach soccer team (Sand Cranes) qualified for the semi-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) beach soccer finals, and will face Mozamibque on Friday at the Saly beach soccer stadium.

Senegal’s 3-1 win in group A over Tanzania on Wednesday meant that the hosts qualified to the last four stage alongside Uganda.

Uganda’s head coach Salim Jamal Muwonge has expressed the readiness for his team to take on Mozamibque with victory securing a slot to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in Russia.

‘We are ready to face Mozambique. We have planned for them to counter their strong and weak areas. The players are determined to give 100 percent in the game’ Muwonge stated.

Uganda Sand Cranes celebrate a goal against Tanzania
Coach Muwonge Salim Jamal giving instructions during training
Coach Muwonge Salim Jamal

‘It is a very big privilege that we qualified to the semi-finals on our first time at the AFCON finals. We play Mozambique whom we have watched play. They play running football and it will be up to us to tame them. At the finals, we are our our own driving force’ Sulaiman Ochero stated.

After the 4-3 win over Tanzania, Uganda had rest on Wednesday and Thursday before Friday’s encounter.

Isma Kawawulo scored a brace with Emmanuel Alex Wasswa and Swalley Ssimbwa on target against Tanzania.

Kawawulo had also netted the consolation for Uganda during the 5-1 loss to hosts and record AFCON beach soccer champions, Senegal.

Full Team:

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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