Uganda Cranes kick-start training drills ahead of Cape Verde duel

AFCON Cameroon 2019 Qualifiers (Group L)

  • Saturday, 17th November
  • Uganda Cranes Vs Cape Verde – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (4 PM)

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[/media-credit] Some of the players go through the paces at Lugogo on Friday

Uganda Cranes on Friday kick-started training for the AFCON Cameroon 2019 group L qualifier against Cape Verde.

Eighteen players (both local and foreign based) reported for training at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.

All the players were donned in the newly designed training kits by mafro as they went through the paces supervised by head coach Sebastien Desabre, his assistant Mathias Lule and goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba.

[/media-credit] L-R: Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Sadam Juma Ibrahim, Desabre Sebastine and Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma during the work outs

Players in attendance:

Some of the local legion included KCCA players as Allan Kyambadde, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Denis Timothy Awany, Isaac Isinde (Kirinya JSSS FC), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC), Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Vianne Sekajugo (Onduparaka FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Nicholas Sebwato (Onduparaka FC), Daniel Serunkuuma (Vipers SC), Ambrose Kirya (SC Villa) and Yayo Lutimba (Vipers SC).

The foreign based players were led by assistant Captain Hassan Wasswa (Al Geish), Murushid Juuko (Simba FC), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba FC) and roving right back Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC).

[/media-credit] Dread locked utility player Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (second from right) who is based in Egypt trained with the team on Friday

“We are here for business. We need a point to qualify but shall go for three points. We are aware of the strength for the Cape Verde team but as a team, we are doing the home work right to ensure qualification on a high note” Wasswa Mawanda noted.

Despite being suspended for the Cape Verde match, experienced winger Okwi was among those summoned to uplift the team members mentally.

Okwi has two cautions and is suspended for the match. He will however be utilized for international friendly match coming up against Nigeria Super Eagle on the 20th November 2018.

[/media-credit] Vipers’ sharp striker Daniel Sserunkuma Muzeyi (left) listens to instructions from head coach Sebastien Desabre

Day two of non residential training is expected to kick off at 11 am on Saturday and more foreign based players as Denis Iguma will join the frey.

The team will enter residential camp on Monday, 13th November 2018.

Uganda only needs a point to seal the 2019 AFCON slot for the tournament that will be held in Cameroon come June next year.

Summoned Uganda Cranes team

  • Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda), Nicholas Sebwato (Onduparaka FC, Uganda)
  • Right Backs: Denis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania)
  • Left Backs: Godfrey “Jajja Walu” Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa) FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Yayo Kato Lutimba (Vipers SC, Uganda)
  • Central Defenders: Murushid Juuko (Simba SC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt), Timothy Dennis Awanyi (KCCA F.C, Uganda), Bernard “Scholes” Muwanga (KCCA FC, Uganda), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja S.S, Uganda)
  • Holding Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC)
  • Creative Midfielders: Allan “Dancing Rasta” Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Ambrose Kirya (SC Villa, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC, Uganda),
  • Forwards: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Dan “Muzeyi” Sserunkuma (Vipers SC, Uganda), Vianne Sekajugo (Onduparaka F.C, Uganda), Emma Okwi (Simba SC, Tanzania), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt)


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