AFCON 2019: More Cranes’ players at high risk of missing Nations Cup 

By Clive Kyazze

It is believed that Moses Waiswa carried a knee injury to Abu Dhabi as the Cranes geared up their preparations for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

Waiswa is just one of the many players who have a tendency of hiding injuries away from doctors and coaches until they are sure they can’t hide them no more.

However when it looked like the reigning FUFA footballer of the year would push himself to the limit, he became a victim of teammates who are desperate to impress.

Cranes’ training seem to have turned into survival for fitness sessions as players are more desperate to impress the coaches in different ways.

“The training here is too dangerous, everyone is going into reckless tackles trying to impress and all that,” source exclusively told www.football-256.com from Abu Dhabi. 

“He (Waiswa) must have been kicked by somebody in one of those rough challenges, he looked injured and in pain,” the source added. 

Striker Alexis Bakka (R) and midfielder Kirizestom Ntambi during the Cranes training in Abu Dhabi / FUFA Image

If the desperation to win over the coaches’ hearts stiffens, more players might be on their way home earlier than expected.

Waiswa played five of the six games Uganda played in the qualifiers and he is one of the players that coach Sebastien Desabre was hoping to build his offense play around while in Egypt.

Uganda are pooled on Group A alongside the hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo, they open up their campaign on June 22nd against the latter. 

The Squad in Abu Dhabi

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City – Ethiopia)

Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walsumbi, Ronald Mukiibi (Östersunds FK – Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba SC – Tanzania)

Midfielders: William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), Lumala Abdul (Syrianska FC, Sweden), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Mike Azira (Montreal Impact – USA)

Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba SC – Tanzania)

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