Uganda Cranes registered a 1-0 victory over Ethiopia during the international build up match played at the Bahir Dar Stadium on Sunday.
Emmanuel Arnold Okwi headed home the game’s lone strike that kicked off the first of the many international matches lined up for newly appointed Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry.
Okwi nodded the goal following a well delivered cross by left winger Joseph Benson Ochaya in the 20th minute of the well attended game in the horn of Africa country.
There was no further goal from either side after that as Uganda Cranes defence held it tight and efforts by the forwards to double the lead were frustrated by the solid Ethiopian back line.
The build up was of significance to the Uganda Cranes ahead of the two AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi to be played between 11th and 19th of November 2019.
Majority of the many foreign based players will return to the respective clubs by Monday.
The two home based players and the technical team are expected to reach Entebbe International Airport on Monday evening and later join the Uganda Cranes Squad preparing for the final round of the of the CHAN Qualifiers against Burundi.
Also straight away, McKinstry will join the CHAN team that kicked off preparations on Sunday at Lugogo for the return leg of the TOTAL CHAN 2020 match against Burundi this coming Saturday.
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)
Substitutes Not Used:Robert Odongkara (G.K), Timothy Denis Awany, Milton Karisa, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kayiwa