Uganda Cranes striker Robert Ssentongo
Wednesday Jun 10, 2015. 09:43
Substitute Omar Jagne's late strike was enough to ensure Gambia picked a 1-1 draw against hosts Uganda Cranes in an International friendly match played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Tuesday.
Substitute Robert Ssentongo scored for Uganda Cranes in the 67th minute with a well placed header before Jagne capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score for Gambia on 82 minutes
Although Uganda missed several scoring chances through Alex Kakuba and Tunisian based professional Junior Yunus Ssentamu earlier, the Gambia team was compact in defending.
The two teams used the match to prepare ahead of the star of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier this weekend. Uganda will host Botswana, while Gambia will be away to South Africa.
“I am happy that we managed to get a draw against a strong Ugandan team. We shall keep working hard for the game against South Africa," said Gambia's new coach Raoul Savoy.
Star players Mustapha Carayal who features for Middlesbrough in the English championship and Modou Barrow who plays for Swansea in the English Premiership also made debuts for Gambia.