International Build-up matches
-Sunday, 09-06-2019 – Uganda vs Turkmenistan 10pm (Played behind Closed doors) at New York University in Abu Dhabi
-Saturday, 15-09-2019 – Uganda vs Ivory Coast (Open to public) –Venue to be communicated
ABU DHABI – The Uganda Cranes camp in Abu Dhabi is hitting full gear by the day.
As of Thursday, there are only two players missing from the list that was summoned by head coach Sebastien Desabre, almost two weeks ago.
With Nicholas Wadada and Emmanuel Okwi arriving on Tuesday night, the number rose to 24.
A day later, Swedish based defender Ronald Mukiibi and goal keeper Robert Odongokara also arrived to further rise the tally to 26.
This means that there are only two players yet to report. These are Mike Azira and another goalie, Charles Lukwago.
Lukwago was with the Cranes team that lost back to back games in the 2019 COSAFA Cup and is expected to report anytime soon following Abdallah Mubiru’s side’s elimination from the tournament.
For Azira, he is still with his Montreal Impact Major League Soccer (MLS) side whose season started a few months ago.
However, he is expected to be released in time for the Camp and until AFCON ends.
Sebastien Desabre and his technical team will name the final 23 man squad, 10 days before the kickoff of the final tournament.
The Cranes have now been in Abu Dhabi for over a week. They will play two international friendlies as part of their preps for the AFCON finals.
The 22 players currently camped 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, Alexis Bbakka, Abdu Lumala, Allan kateregga, Nicholas Wadada, Emmanuel Okwi, Ronald Mukiibi, Robert Odongokara.
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 players yet to join camp
Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda) and Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada).