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.
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.
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).