LUGOGO – The Cranes on Thursday March 14 conducted their first training session with all the 31 expected local players available.
Police FC’ Juma Balinya and Paul Willa were the last players to report for duty and trained with the rest of the team at Lugogo ahead of their last group encounter with Tanzania.
Speaking to PML Daily, SC Villa’s forward Bashir Mutanda said he’s working hard to remain on the selected squad of nine players as coach Sebastian Desabre is about to trim the team.
“Am working hard to see that the head coach [Sebastian Desabre] selects me to be among the squad that will face Tanzania” said Mr. Mutanda
The forward added that he takes the national call as an opportunity to prove his competence.
“I think I will remain because am working hard,” he said adding; “am doing my best to impress the coach so that I can remain on the selected nine.
Uganda Cranes will have a trail match on Saturday, March 16 against Kampala Select team at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo where the head coach will decide on which players will make it to Egypt to join the foreign based players.
The encounter Group L second places team will be their final group game having already qualified for the finals in Egypt, later this year.
Players in Thursday’s session:
Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), and Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC).
Others are: Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), and Poloto Julius (KCCA C).
Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa) Michael Birungi (Express FC), Moses Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma, Tadeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC ), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC) Willa Paul and Balinya juma (Police FC) all attended the intense training session.