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Uganda Cranes conduct first session in Maseru ahead of AFCON qualifier

Uganda Cranes in Maseru (Photos by FUFA Media)

2019 AFCON Qualifier-Group L

Lesotho vs Uganda

Setsoto Stadium, Maseru

Tuesday, 16-10-2018 @07:00pm

MASERU – The Uganda Cranes conducted their first training session after arriving safely in Maseru, on Sunday evening.

The session on was more of a recovery one with all the 11 players who started on Saturday granted a light session which involved a lot of stretching under assistant coach Mathias Lule and trainer Gerome D’Antonio.

Meanwhile, the players who started on the bench were involved in a ball work session as well as body stretching drills under head coach Sebastian Desabre.

After the session, two goal hero in the 3-0 win on Saturday, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi had a brief interview with the media as he underlined the team’s bold clear intentions in Maseru.

“We are yearning to return to the AFCON next year, said Okwi.

“Every player has that focus and we are all determined.

“Personally, I am motivated by the two goals i scored and this is a confidence booster.

The team’s last training session will be held on Monday at the Setsoto stadium.

Earlier, a contingent of 70 people departed Entebbe International Airport at 7.50am on a chartered flight Boeing 737-500.

On board were all the 24 players who made the training camp at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, Government Officials, some members of the FUFA Executive, delegates, staff, Members of Parliament, media personnel, some fans and other Government officials.

With an hour stopover in Lusaka, Zambia, the contingent finally reached Maseru Airport at 2 PM local time, welcomed by very chilly weather conditions. Uganda Cranes team manager Chrispus  Muyinda as well as former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Posnett Omony were in Maseru to receive them.

Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago (right) and Moses Waiswa (left) arriving in Maseru on Sunday

After checking in at the airport through the immigration procedure, the team embarked on a 20 minute road journey to – Avani Maseru Hotel.

The game on Tuesday will be either side’s fourth in the qualifiers. Uganda leads Group L with seven points while Lesotho are third with two.

The players in Maseru:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)

Defenders: Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt), Dennis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait),  Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS, Uganda), FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Moses Waiswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda), Joseph Benson Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda),

Forwards: Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba Sports Club, Tanzania), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt).

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