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Mubiru takes Cranes local based players through first training ahead of COSAFA clash

Mubiru (R) during Tuesday’s training session at Lugogo. The Police tactician, is in charge of the Cranes’ local based players, who have been asked to handle the COSAFA Championship (PHOTO/Agencies)

COSAFA Cup 2019-South Africa 

Quarter Final

Uganda vs Lesotho

LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes team that is set to take part in the 2019 COSAFA cup has on Tuesday, 14th May, conducted their first training session.

Under the guidance of Police FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru, the team went through a 2 hour session at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.

Mubiru who is standing in for Cranes tactician Sebastian Desabre had to start his preparations with several players absent.

All the KCCA FC players who were summoned did not take part of Tuesday’s session as they were taking part in their club’s trophy tour.

“We did not have any of the KCCA FC player present because they were taking part in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League trophy parade, said Abdallah Mubiru after the training.

“It was a situation we could not avoid as it is something they worked hard for all season with their club.

“However, we are expecting them to join us as soon as possible.

Mubiru expects the KCCA FC players to join camp on Wednesday.

The KCCA players who were absent include left-back Mustapha Kizza, playmaker Muzamir Mutyaba, Hassan Musana, Nicholas Kasozi and Filbert Obenchan.

Dan Sserunkuma who was called in by the senior side who are currently in residential camp at the Kabira Country club, was also absent.

The team has officially entered residential camp and will be accommodated at Sky Hotel. They will continue preparations on Wednesday morning.

Uganda was invited to take part in this year’s COSAFA competition that runs from May 20th to June 6th as the guest Nation.

However, they will not feature in the Group stages but will rather start at the quarter final stage.

In the Last 8, the Cranes will take on Lesotho, one of the other five nations that will also not be part of the Groups.

To complete the squad, some players from the initial preliminary AFCON Squad will be considered for COSAFA tournament if they don’t travel to the United Arab Emirates.

The players who attended today’s training session:

Said Keni (Sc Villa), Willa Paul (Police), Revita John (Express FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Owori David (SC Villa), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa), Mucuurezi Paul (Mbarara City FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Isinde Isaac (KJSSS FC), Senkatuka Nelson (Brights Stars FC), Kagimu Shafik (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Tooro United FC), Birungi Michael (Express FC)

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