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Navruz Cup Final; Uganda Cranes Loses Agaisnt Uzbekistan

Navruz Cup Final; Uganda Cranes Loses Agaisnt Uzbekistan

The Uganda Cranes squad that traveled to Central Asia a few days ago to take part in the Navruz Cup Final in Uzbekistan have lost against the hosts.

The Cranes were beaten 4-2 by Uzbekistan in the final. The Uzbeks found the net in the 30th minute through Jalolidin Masharipo.

AS Roma striker Eldor Shomurodov doubled the lead in the 40th minute. Cranes were able to pull one back and raise their hopes in the 52nd minute through winger, Farouk Miya.

However, Shomurodov scored Uzbekistan’s third just two minutes after Cranes’ first in the 54th minute.

Shomurodov further went on to net his third and Uzbekistan’s 4th goal to end the Cranes’ hopes of winning the game.

Cranes captain Emma Okwi netted Uganda’s second in the 77th to try and mount a late memorable comeback. Unfortunately, the Uzbeks had already put the game out of their reach.

Uganda Cranes has also been using this tournament as a precursor to the upcoming 2023 CHAN and AFCON qualifiers.

Uganda Cranes starting squad included; 

Alionzi Nafian, Allan Kyambadde, Herbert Achai, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Marvin Youngman, Moses Waiswa, Steven Sserwadda, Fahad Bayo, Farouk Miya, Emma Okwi.

Used Substitutes included;

Abdul Aziizi Kayondo, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Rogers Mato, Milton Karisa, Allan Okello, Derrick Kakooza.

The players on the bench included Benjamin Ochan, James Begisa, Hassan Jurua, Martin Kizza

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