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Cranes off to Tanzania

The Crane have aleady qualified for the AFCON finals proper (file photo)

AFCON 2019 Qualifier-Group L 

Tanzania vs Uganda

National Stadium, Dar es Salaam

Sunday, 24-03-2019 @6pm

The Uganda Football National team, the Cranes is understood to be on their way to Tanzania ahead of their last Group L AFCON 2019 Qualifier against the Taifa Stars.

After a five day training camp in Egypt, the team of 24 players and 10 officials set off from Cairo International Air Port for Dar es Salaam on Friday night aboard Ethiopian Airlines.

They are expected to have a stop-over in Addis Ababa before connecting to Dar es Salaam. Arrival time in Dar es Salaam will be at noon well in time of the final training session at the National Stadium (6 PM).

Speaking before departure to Dar es Salaam, Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre said that the focus now turns to Tanzania after the five-day training camp.

“We held a five-day training camp in Egypt where we also played a practice match, said Desabre.

“The players responded well and it was great that we had this camp.

“We are now focused for Sunday’s game against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

During the camp, Uganda drew 1-1 with Egyptian top tier side El Gaish on Wednesday with Moses Waiswa scoring the Cranes goal.

This was their second build-up game having defeated Kampala Select 4-0 at Lugogo, four days prior.

Uganda who have already sealed qualification to next year’s AFCON will play Tanzania on Sunday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam at 6 pm.

The Cranes have 13 points from their first 5 games with the only game in which they failed to pick maximum points being the 0-0 draw at home to Tanzania last September.

For Tanzania, they have 5 points and currently sit third on the standings. With the top two going through, the Taifah Stars will have to better second placed Lesotho’s result in the other Group L.

Lesotho also have 5 points but are second due to a better goal difference as compared to Tanzania. They take on Cape Verde away from home on the same day (Sunday).

Uganda Cranes Delegation to Dar es Salaam:

Players:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Geofrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchhill brothers, India), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent)

Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco)

Officials:

Head of Delegation: Hamid Juma

Team manager: Chrispus Muyinda

Head Coach: Sebastien Desabre

Assistant Coach: Mathias ‘Salongo’ Lule

Goalkeeping Coach: Fred Kajoba

Trainer: Jerome D’Antonio

Equipment Manager: Lawrence Kizito

Medics: Ronald Kisolo and Ivan Ssewanyana

Media: James Mayanja

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