Worrying signs as Cranes fire blanks against Proline FC

first_imgThe Cranes have scored only one goal in three build-up matches. (PHOTOS/FUFA)Build-up gameUganda Cranes 0-0 Proline FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 24-07-2019LUGOGO – Eight goals scored in four matches and Uganda reached the 2019 CHAN championships in Morocco.An average of two goals per game was as good as the team got in front of goal as they negotiated through the qualifying stage, eliminating both South Sudan and Rwanda.With just three days to the first qualifier against Somalia in the 2021 edition, Abdallah Mubiru’s side is clearly struggling in front of goal.On Wednesday morning they were held to a goalless draw by newly promoted StarTimes Uganda Premier league side Proline FC.It is supposed to be a concern for the team but Mubiru thinks otherwise.“I am not worried about the lack of goals. We are still training and have a lot of time to improve in front of goal. The good thing is that we are creating chance and now we just have to put them away. Said Mubiru after the game.Mubiru may claim not to be worried but if a team scores a single goal in three build-up games, one would clearly be right to think otherwise.In the past week, the Cranes defeated URA FC 1-0 before losing by the same score line to Kitara in the Regional tour.In the two games prior to Wednesday, they struggled to create goal scoring chances and the few they did curb out were wasted by the forwards.Towards the end of the victory over, Nelson Ssenkatuka was played through on goal by Bright Anukani but the Bright Stars striker pulled the effort wide while one on one with the keeper. The moment was received with astonishment as the on-lookers looked on in disappointment.Their best chance against Proline came in the 90th minutes with substitute Muzamir Mutyaba finding space in behind the Proline back-line before forcing a top-notch save from custodian Shatif Magoola.As the Cranes tried to force the issue, Allan Okello unsurprisingly headed a Mustapha Kizza cross wide of the target. Okello is not known for his heading ability and him missing from a header can not be treated as a huge issue.Earlier in the first half, Kaddu squandered up to three chances one of which saw him pounce onto a tame Magoola pass before shooting straight at the custodian.In an effort to win the game, Mubiru sent on Muzamir Mutyaba and Shafick Kagimu to replace Allan Kayiwa and Tom Matsiko at the start of the second half but the move did not pay off.With 15 minutes to play, nine more changes were made but to no desired effect.Uganda will take on Somalia in Djibouti on Saturday in their first leg of the 2021 CHAN first round qualifiers.The Cranes will take on Somalia on Saturday.The team is expected to depart the country on Thursday morning.Uganda Cranes starting teamCharles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustapha Kizza, Timothy Awanyi (c), John Revita, Tadeo Lwanga, Tom Matsiko, Allan Okello, Allan Kayiwa, Allan Kyambadde, Patrick Kaddu.The Cranes team that is currently in campGoalkeepersLukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Alitho James (URA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc)DefendersWilla Paul (Police FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Revita John (Express FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Dissan (Express FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC)MidfieldersTaddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA FC), Masiko Tom (Vipers SC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Kyambadde Allan (KCCA FC), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Ssozi Yusuf ( Paidha Black Angels), Bright Anukani (Proline FC)StrikersKaddu Patrick (KCCA FC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Senkatuka Nelson (Bright Stars FC)The technical team of the Uganda CranesHead coach – Abdallah MubiruAssistant coach – Livingstone MbabaziGoalkeeping coach – Sadiq WassaTeam Coordinator – Geoffrey MassaComments Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2021proline fctopUganda Craneslast_img read more

More on AZCardinals and Mike Munchak a top candi

first_imgMore on #AZCardinals and Mike Munchak, a top candidate: #Titans wanted to keep him after 2013 assuming he’d make staff changes. He refused & was fired. But he held that place together … Would he bring OC Todd Haley along with him? Haley is a free agent now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Munchak were among the expected finalists for the Cardinals’ head coaching vacancy, reported 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was also in the conversation, but Rapoport reported Monday that he was lined up to accept the New York Giants’ head coaching job.Wilks, who interviewed for several NFL head coaching positions over the past week, is also garnering interest from the Tennessee Titans, reported Jason La Canfora on Monday. Tennessee entered the coaching carousel late after it fired coach Mike Mularkey to follow up its playoff loss to the New England Patriots over the weekend. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo This is expected to be the second 2nd interview for the #AZCardinals. https://t.co/v7YkE2xx9Y— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018DeFilippo and Munchak already interviewed with the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Top Stories With the Steelers’ season over following an AFC Divisional Round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak will meet with the Arizona Cardinals for a second time to discuss their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Rapoport adds that Arizona is filing its second round of interview requests on Tuesday.In addition to Munchak, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is expected to receive a second interview, but not until his team’s postseason run ends. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A nine-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers, Munchak has been Pittsburgh’s offensive line coach since 2014. The 57-year-old had one head coaching gig in the NFL with the Titans, where he compiled a 22-26 record with the team from 2011-2013.The Titans did not reach the postseason in any of those seasons.Prior to his head coaching job, Munchak was Tennessee’s offensive line coach from 1997-2010, spanning the team’s transition from the Oilers to the Titans. He was also an offensive assistant and quality control coach for the same franchise from 1994-96 when it was in Houston.Munchak entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his playing career in 2001.DeFilippo, 39 , would fit in Arizona as it grooms a quarterback of the future. He has been employed as a quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders (2007-08, 2012-14), New York Jets (2009), San Jose State Aztecs (2010-11) and Cleveland Browns (2015) before joining the Eagles in 2016. He interviewed with the Chicago Bears and impressed, according to Fowler, before they hired Matt Nagy as head coach.The Cardinals are the only team that have reportedly been interested in Munchak. They have interviewed nine known coaching candidates. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more