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Mckinstry registers winning start to Cranes job

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Abdul Lumala (middle) dribbles past Ethiopia defenders on Sunday (FUFA picture)

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Sunday result

Ethiopia 0-1 Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan Mckinstry registered wining start to the Cranes job after a 1-0 away win at Ethiopia in an international friendly at the Bahir Dar Stadium on Sunday.

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi headed home the lone goal in the match that kicked off McKinstry era as Cranes head coach –having replaced Sebastien Desabre last month on a three-year deal.

Okwi finished off a well delivered cross by left winger Joseph Benson Ochaya in the 20th minute of the well attended game.

There was no further goal from either side after that as Uganda Cranes defence held it tight yet efforts to double the lead were frustrated by the solid Ethiopian back line.

The build-up was handy for the Mckinstry ahead of the two AFCON 2021 Qualifiers games against Burkina Faso and Malawi to be played between 11th and 19th November 2019.

Majority of many foreign based players will return to the respective clubs by Monday while the two local-based players and the technical team are expected to land at the Entebe International Airport on Monday evening.

McKinstry will join the CHAN team that is preparing for the Total CHAN 2020 return leg against Burundi on Saturday in Kampala.

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (GK, Captain), Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi (Nico Wakiro Wadada), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Bevis Mugabi Kristoper Kizito, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Allan Kyambadde (Kirizestom Ntambi), Abdu Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu (Isaac Muleme), William Kizito Luwagga (Moses Opondo)

Unused SubstitutesRobert Odongkara (G.K), Timothy Denis Awany, Milton Karisa, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kayiwa

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