The Sand Cranes on Sunday won their first game against Madagascar at the ongoing Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in Mozambique.
The 6-3 victory comes as a huge comeback for coach Angelo Schrinzi’s team which suffered a 10-1 defeat to record champions Senegal in their opening game on Saturday.
The Sand Cranes had a poor start to the game, dropping the opening period by a score of 0-1.
The team attempted a comeback in the second period with two goals, but Madagascar was just as strong and scored two more to extend their lead, leaving Sand Cranes trailing still.
The second period ended with Madagascar still leading 3-2. However, as the game went on, Madagascar became stranded, enabling Uganda the opportunity to make a comeback by scoring three goals to re-enter the contest.
Brian Nkuubi produced a star performance, scoring four goals, while Isma Kawawulo and Joshua Lubwama added a goal each.
Nkuubi stated that they focused primarily on improving their scoring rate following a loss to Senegal. He believes that the victory will motivate them as they prepare to face Egypt tomorrow in the final group match.
Coach Schrinzi said his team knew that they could match the competence of defending Senegal and concentrated much on today’s game against Madagascar and likely their plan went as they planned it.
Sand Cranes now sit second in Group B with three points after the win. They will play Egypt in their final game to see who will join Senegal as semifinalists from Group B.
Uganda hopes to improve on their fourth-place finish in the previous championship when they lost to Mozambique in the semifinals and then to Morocco in the playoffs, and a win over Egypt will be a significant boost to their chances.