Botswana 1-3 Uganda
Uganda Cranes on Saturday defeated Botswana 3-1 in a high profile build-up that was meant to present Micho Sredojevic with the opportunity of identifying the right strategy that will earn Uganda that precious away victory against Senegal next weekend.
Cranes dominated the first half of the match scoring in the 17th minute through Tunisia based forward Emmanuel Okwi.
On-fire local based striker Frank Kalanda, rose from the bench in the second half and scored his third goal in four internationals to give the Cranes their first win over Botswana in three attempts.
Brian Majwega’s 30th minute free-kick nearly went in by an inch.
Okwi had scored his goal after returning from half time break before while Tolango Sembowa netted for the hosts.
After recess, Micho made three changes bringing on Robert Odongkara, Moses Oloya and Joseph Ochaya for Denis Onyango, Vincent Kayizzi and Brian Majwega respectively.
Micho later exhausted his substitutions introducing Frank Kalanda for Emma Okwi, Joseph Kabagambe for Hamis Kiiza and Nicholas Wadada for Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito.
The Cranes must beat the Lions of Teranga in their make-or-break World Cup qualifier on September 7 to guarantee progress to the two-leg play-offs that will decide who eventually makes it to Brazil.
But away victories have not been Cranes’ staple diet in recent years. Apart from the local-based Cranes’ 1-0 win the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Tanzania last month, the team’s only two other recent away wins were in 2011 (against Guinea Bissau) and 2000 (against Malawi).
Micho is set to drop three players from the team that travelled to Botswana before the rest head to Istanbul, Turkey for a four day training camp. In Turkey, the travelling 16 players will be joined by skipper Andrew Mwesigwa, IBV midfielder Tony Mawejje, striker Geoffrey Massa, Henry Kalungi, Isaac Isinde and Robert Ssentongo who was a later inclusion on the team.
Uganda XI: D. Onyango (R. Odongkara), D. Iguma, G. Walusimbi, S. Kabugo, R. Kasagga, H. Wasswa, V. Kayizzi (M. Oloya), G. Kizito (N. Wadada), E. Okwi (F. Kalanda), H. Kiiza (J. Kabagambe) and B. Majwega (J. Ochaya).
Hamza Muwonge, Joseph Mpande and Said Kyeyune