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Uganda Cranes Fall To Iraq In Baghdad International Build Up

Uganda Cranes Fall To Iraq In Baghdad International Build Up

Uganda Cranes lost 1-0 to the Iraq national team during an international build up game played at the Al-Shohada International Stadium. The match took place in Baghdad city on Friday, 21 January, 2022.

Alana Abbas Abdulnabi Al-Fartoosi scored the only goal of the games at the fully packed stadium of about 60,000 spectators.

He volleyed home with an acrobatic kick following a well-delivered cross from the right. Iraq defended in numbers for the rest of the game denying the CECAFA region member country spaces and opportunities to score.

The Cranes technical bench started with Chippa United goalkeeper Isima Bin Rashid Watenga in the goal. The backline had Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Abdul-Aziz Kayondo, Enock Walusimbi and Halid Lwaliwa.

Additionally, BUL’s George Kasonko held the midfield with Rogers Mayo and Milton Karisa providing the assisting roles.

Henry Patrick Kaddu, Yunus Junior Sentamu and Steven Desse’s trio led the striking to search for goals.

Substitute Chris Pius Akena made his debut with the Uganda Cranes when he replaced Milton Karisa with 20 minutes to play.

Coach Micho also hailed the Football Federation of Iraq and the Government for the international football experience.

“We have picked important lessons from this international build up match against Iraq. We thank FA, Government and everybody who enabled this match. There are crucial learning points from such a build-up,” Micho said after the match.

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