Players tussle for the ball during the Uganda Cranes - KCCA test match yesterday

The Uganda Cranes preparations for the upcoming return leg of the 2018 CHAN qualifier match against South Sudan began with a win during a training test match played against KCCA FC.

An outstanding 5-1 victory by the Cranes over the Kasasiro Boys in a match that was played at the Philip Omondi stadium will help to boost the team’s confidence ahead of Saturday’s game.

Muzamiru Mutyaba scored a brace while Nelson Ssenkatuka, Derrick Nsibambi and Shafiq Kagimu were each on target for the national team with Mansoor Safi getting the consolation goal for KCCA.

Two different Cranes squad were fielded in either halves as the team shapes up in a must win game if it is to progress to the next round and participate in the CHAN tournament next year.

During the first leg was in Juba, Uganda was held to a goalless draw and the Cranes are now supposed to win the return leg at home while South Sudan need any scoring draw to go through.

The return leg of the qualifier will be played at the Phillip Omondi stadium in Lugogo, Kampala on July 22.

If Uganda Cranes progress, they will face either Tanzania or Rwanda who drew 1-1 in the first leg at Mwanza stadium, to confirm a place in the CHAN tournament.

The CHAN competition is for only home-based players and it will be hosted by Kenya next year.

Uganda Cranes XI:

Saidi Keni (Tom Ikara), Paul Musamali, John Adriko, Murushid Jjuuko, Tom Masiko, Nicholas Kasozi, Simon Sserunkuma, Moses Waiswa, Nelson Senkatuka, Paul Mucureezi, Brian Majwega

Uganda Cranes Second half team:

Isma Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awanyi, Bernard Muwanga, Milton Karisa, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Shafiq Kagimu

CHAN 2018 Qualifiers

Uganda Vs South Suda

22nd July 2017, Kampala (4 pm)