The Falcons of Saudi Arabia have registered a 2-0 win against Uganda Cranes in an international friendly match played at the Prince Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Stadium on Monday evening.
Abdullah Abdrahman put the hosts ahead after 40 minutes before Hashim Alyami extended the lead during added time. It was a good morale boosting win for the Saudi Arabia team who will later this year play in the Tokyo Olympics.
Although the Ugandan team comprised of mainly U-23 players dominated play, they failed to take their chances before Abdrahman capitalized on a flat footed defence and beat goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.
In the second half Uganda’s coach Morley Byekwaso made some changes, but his strikers failed to find the goals. With 10 minutes to full time the Ugandan players pushed forward to try and find a goal, but were again exposed at the back as the hosts scored their second.
Saudi Arabia’s coach Saad Al-Shehri will head to the Tokyo Olympics in Japan a happy man after benefiting from the two games played against Uganda. The two teams settled for a goalless draw last Friday before the hosts made sure they proved a point this time round.
The Ugandan coach Byekwaso said that although they lost the match, he is happy that the two games have helped the technical bench assess certain aspects. “These two games have helped us since we used them to prepare ahead of the CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup,” said Byekwaso.
While the Saudi Arabia team used the two friendly matches to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, Uganda used the matches to prepare ahead of the regional CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup to start in Ethiopia on July 17th.
For the Tokyo Olympics the Saudi Arabia team is pooled against tough teams like Brazil, Germany and Ivory Coast in Group D.
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