FRIENDLY 25/03/2015: Nigeria 0-1 Uganda
Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has recently been under fire from soccer fans and even attacked after a series of poor results registered by the National teams. But last night, the Serb seemed to have redeemed himself a bit after registering a surprise win over Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
The Cranes put up a formidable performance to get a memorable away victory against the mighty Super Eagles in an international friendly game played at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo Stadium with a new look team.
Farouk Miya who turns up for Vipers Sports Club in the local league, scored the lone goal on 81 minutes to stun the unsettled home crowd in a warm up game to test the many new faces called up in preparation for AFCON 2017 qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes veteran goal keeper Denis Onyango kept the away side in the game with a series of saves including a one on one with Simon Moses in the first half which was totally dominated by the West Africans.
Onyango’s counterpart on the other side of the pitch Vincent Enyama who was making his 100th appearance for the 2013 AFCON Champions, did little work in a memorable match but his party was sadly spoilt as he ended on a losing note.
Uganda Cranes’ only chance worth noting came through Geoffrey Massa who shot across Enyama’s goal when a neat pass from midfield found him in a promising position.
First half ended with the home side crying for a penalty as Onyango made a hasty clearance that swept off danger man Musa along after a dangerous back pass from defender Richard Kasagga, but Ghanian referee William Agbovi ignored the penalty shouts and waved play on.
Ahmed Musa was close for Nigeria with a close effort but on form goal keeper, Denis Onyango saved with ease as the Nigerians continued pressing on in the second half with Odion Ighalo a constant threat to the inexperienced defence.
The changes This prompted the Cranes coach to ring the changes midway in the second half with the introduction of Kezironi Kizito for Derrick Tewko and Robert Sentongo replacing the ineffective Godfrey Walusimbi which produced the late magic.
UGANDA CRANES: Denis Onyango (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, Alex Kakuba, Shafik Bakaki, Richard Kasaga, Derrick Tekwwo, Khalid Aucho, , Godfrey Walusimbi ,Luwagga Kizito, Farouk Miya and Geoffrey Massa.