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Uganda Cranes to pitch camp ahead of international build up

Uganda Cranes to pitch camp ahead of international build up
Photo by FUFA Media

Uganda Cranes international build ups in Europe & Asia:

Detailed Programme:

9th January 2022: Converging (Morning) & Training (Afternoon)

10th January 2022: Departure to Turkey

12th January 2022: Iceland Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey

15th January 2022: Botosani Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey

18th January 2022: Moldova Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey

21st January 2022: Iraq Vs Uganda – Baghdad

27th January 2022: Bahrain Vs Uganda – Bahrain city

28th January 2022: Return to Uganda

Uganda Cranes will travel to Europe and Asia for five international build-up matches between 10th to 28th January 2022.

Head coach Milutin Sredojevic has to this effect summoned a pool of 44 players to embark on preparation for these matches.

micho in training

Cranes head coach Micho in a training session with the national team players. Photo courtesy, FUFA website

Uganda Cranes shall play five international build-up matches against Iceland, Botosani, and Moldova in Turkey.

Two other build-ups will be held in Asia; against Iraq in Baghdad and Bahrain in Bahrain city.

KCCA goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan makes a return to the national team fold after some period out.

Ochan joins Vipers’ youngster Jack Komakech, Nafian Alionzi (URA), Joel Mutakubwa (Express), and two foreign-based goalkeepers Charles Lukwago (based in Ethiopia) and Isma Watenga (South African based).

Wakiso Giants’ playmaker Titus “Tito” Ssematimba earns his maiden appearance on the national team.

URA defender Benjamin Nyakoojo, Arua Hill’s Joseph Bright Vuni, George Kasonko (BUL), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), and unattached Patrick Henry Kaddu are also part of the players’ pool.

The players will converge on the morning of 9th January 2022 and hold a training session later in the evening and will depart for Turkey is 10th January 2022.

The first build-up against Iceland was on 12th January 2022 in Antalya city, Turkey.

The match will come on 15th January 2022 against Botosani (in Antalya) and the third match shall come on 18th January 2022 against Moldova, also in Antalya.

Uganda Cranes shall then face Iraq on 21st January 2022 in Baghdad city, and finally Bahrain on 27th January 2022 in – Bahrain city.

Advantage to the cranes’ team

The games will help coach Micho widen his pool of players to select from ahead of the forthcoming Chan tournament.

With some local-based players on that side, the friendlies are adequate to boost the Cranes team and give the squad ample time and momentum to prove themselves.

This kind of build-ups is what most of the players need to prove their worth. However, it also provides Micho with the ability to build a new team he can rely on.

Last month, the cranes defeated the Taifa stars of Tanzania 2-0 in an independence day friendly and will be hoping to ride on the same success in two weeks.

Should the team achieve positive results in the build-up games, it will add optimism and hope for the players, the technical team, and the nation.

The team returns home on the 28th of January 2022.

Innocent Wafula is part of the team

The Full Summoned Squad:

Goalkeepers: Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), Nafian Alionzi (URA), Jack Komakech (Vipers), Charles Lukwago (Saint George, Ethiopia), Isma Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Joel Mutakubwa (Express)

Defenders: Denis Iguma (KCCA), Livingstone Mulondo (KCCA), John Revita (KCCA), Enock Walusimbi (Express), Fesali Najib (URA), Kenneth Semakula (URA), Joseph Bright Vuni (Arua Hill), Benjamin Nyakojjo (URA), Gavin Kizito Mugwer (SC Villa), Innocent Wafula (KCCA), James Begisa (UPDF), Geriga Atendele (Arua Hills), Abdu Azizi Kayondo (Vipers), Eric Senjobe (Police), Herbert Achai (KCCA), Juma Ibrahim (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers)

Midfielders: Shafik Kagimu (URA), Bright Anukani (Vipers), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Martin Kizza (Express), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), George Kasonko (BUL), Mahad Kakooza (Express), Ashraf Mugume (KCCA)

Forwards: Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Muhamed Shaban (Onduparaka), Rogers Mato (KCCA), Musa Esenu (BUL), Alfred Leku (Arua Hill), Steven Mukwala (URA), Cromwell Rwothomio (URA), Kirya Amos (Gaddafi), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers), Titus Sematimba (Wakiso Giants), Kaddu Patrick (Unattached), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers), Sadat Anaku (KCCA)

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