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Cranes depart for Abu Dhabi as AFCON preps continue

Hassan Wasswa (Left) and Denis Onyango (Right) before departure on Monday morning. (PHOTO/FUFA)

KAMPALA – The Uganda Football National Team, the Cranes have on Monday morning departed for Dbu Dhabi ahead of another training camp.

Only 14 of the 29 players, expected in camp, have left with the team at around 3am. The other 15 are expected to join camp with in the week.

The Cranes, who are currently beefing up preparations for the 32nd AFCON finals, have been in camp for the last two weeks, residing at Kabira Country Club.

In the past two weeks, they have held several training sessions at Mandela National Stadium and the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo. They also played a build-up game against the COSAFA bound team which ended 1-1 this past Thursday.

The Cranes played a build up game against the COSAFA bound team last Saturday. (PHOTO/FUFA)

Sebastien Desabre’s side are understood to have departed the country in the wee hours of Monday morning and are expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi later in the day. While in Abu Dhabi, the team is expected to play two build up games before departing for Ivory Coast where they will hold a mini camp on their way to Cairo, Egypt.

The final team of 23 players to Egypt will be confirmed after the two international friendly matches in Abu Dhabi.

At the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Uganda is in Group A alongside hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.

The 14 players who have departed for Abu Dhabi on Monday morning

Denis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Ochaya, Timothy Awanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Patrick Kaddu, Bevis Mugabi, Isaac Muleme, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde, Saddam Juma, Moses Waiswa and Murushid Jjuuko.

Officials

Leader of Delegation – Issa Magola

Head Coach – Sebastien Desabre

Assistant Coach – Matia Lule

Goalkeeping Coach – Fred Kajoba

Team Doctor – Ronald Kisolo

Physiotherapist – Ivan Ssewanyana

Media Officer – Ahmed Hussein

Physical Fitness Trainer – Jerome D’Antonio

Kits Managers – Lawrence Kizito and Ayub Balyejusa

The other players expected to join camp later

Goalkeepers: Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda) Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan).

Defenders: Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania).

Midfielders: William Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa).

Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC, Sweden), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt).

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