The International friendly match between Togo and Uganda on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 at Kegu stadium in Lome city witnessed Cranes bow to the Togolese side after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat. This friendly game served as a preparatory match before they play Ghana in a group E FIFA 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier in Tamale, a capital town in the Northern region of Ghana. However as the sport die-hard fans in Uganda are still grieved about this loss, the Cranes coach has a different view.
The Cranes conceded a first half goal after Lalawele Atakora stuck a brilliant ball that ended at the back of the net. The Cranes tried to level throughout the game but all in vain. Togo also edged Cranes 1-0 at the same stadium in 2014 during the 2015 AFCON campaign. Cranes will be staying in Lome until Thursday, 06 October 2016 when they will travel to Tamale to play Ghana on Friday.
Cranes coach, Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredejocvic, during a media briefing after the match insists that the defeat is an encouragement to him and his side on grounds that it was only a build-up match and that result cannot act as a litmus paper for the Friday match against Black Stars (Ghana). He added that this game and the game on Friday have no connection at all. He boosted that they would have been victorious in the game had they converted chances and he gave the example of Kizito Luwagga who failed to notch when he was one on one with the Togolese goal keeper, Kossi Agassa.
The Cranes team to play Ghana at Tamale has also been named by Cranes coach, Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredejocvic and it is; starting XI; Salim Jamal (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Geodfrey Walusimbi, Murshid Juuko, Isaac Isinde, Denis Iguma, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho,Kizito Luwagga, Farouk Miya, Geoffrey Massa (C). Substitutes; Benjamin Ochan (GK), Kizito Geoffrey, Kiiza Hamis, Ssentamu Yunus, Joseph Ochaya, Tony Mawejje and Moses Oloya.