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Cranes confirm two friendlies as two more players join camp

The Cranes are currently camping in Abu Dhabi. (PHOTOS/FILE)

Build Up games

Sunday, 09-06-2019

-Uganda Cranes Vs Turkmenistan @ New York University Play grounds, Abu Dhabi (7 PM)

Saturday, 15-06-2019

-Uganda Cranes Vs Ivory Coast (Venue, Time and Charges yet to be confirmed)

Uganda Cranes will take on Ivory Coast in one of two friendlies lined up before the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt.

The development was confirmed by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) on Monday morning through Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre.

“We must put value to every moment we spend here in Abu Dhabi, Desabre was quoted as saying.

“The intensity of the training is picking up and that calls for high levels of total discipline.

“We must prepare very well for the tournament and that is why we have organized two friendlies for the team on 9th and 15th June against very good teams.

Desabre confirmed the two friendlies on Monday.

The Cranes will first take on Turkmenistan, a small Arab nation in the UAE, on Sunday, 09th of June.

The Match will be played behind closed doors at the New York University Play grounds in Abu Dhabi.

From there, they will take on Ivory Coast the following Saturday, before flying to Egypt.

It is believed the Ivory Coast Friendly will take place in Abidjan.

The Ugandas Cranes are currently in Abd Dhabi as they continue preparations for the 2019 AFCON finals.

On Sunday, two more players, Kizito Luwaga and Salim Jamal, joined camp to take the tally of those present to 19.

Abdu Lumala and Alexis Bbakka vwho ply their trade in Sweden are expected to arrive today (Monday).

The team will hold only one training session on Monday before resuming the following day.

The 19 currently camping in Abu Dhabi

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, Derrick Nsibambi, Kirizestom Ntambi, Farouk Miya, Kizito Luwaga, Salim Jamal.

Officials in Abu Dhabi

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).

Defenders

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

Midfielders

Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada), (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa).

Strikers

Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC, Sweden).

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