Uganda Cranes’ preparations for the 2023 African Nations of Championship (CHAN) have received a huge boost from the government of Uganda, FUFA can confirm.
Last week Cranes coach Micho Milutin Sredejovic summonsed 36 players who started training at the MTN Omondi Stadium in Lugogo ahead of the January 13th to February 4th, 2023 competition in Algeria.
“FUFA has received from the Government of Uganda UGX 2BN as part of arrears to assist in preparations for Uganda Cranes squad ahead of the CHAN Finals in Algeria,” FUFA said in a statement on their website.
“Part of the funds will also help in settlement of arrears accrued as a result of the team’s earlier international engagements.”
Earlier this month, Moses Magogo, the FUFA President used his Twitter handle @MosesMagogo to reveal that the Federation was considering withdrawing the national team from the CHAN tournament citing a lack of funds.
The Cranes fly out on January 1st 2023 for buildup matches in Tunisia before connecting to Algeria where they will compete in Group B alongside two time winners DR Congo, Senegal and Ivory Coast.
Uganda qualified for CHAN 2022 after seeing off Tanzania’s Taifa Stars 4-0 on aggregate in September. This will be Uganda’s sixth time to feature in the CHAN tournament after appearing in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Cranes’ squad summoned for CHAN Preparations
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Modern Gaddafi FC), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC), Mathias Muwanga (Onduparaka FC), Emmanuel Kalyowa (BUL FC)
Defenders: James Begisa (URA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Isa Mubiru (Vipers SC), Ashraf Mandela (Vipers SC), Hilary Mukundane (Vipers SC), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa), Filbert Obenchan (KCCA FC), Geoffrey Wasswa (KCCA FC), Bright Vuni (Arua Hill SC), Fred Gift (SC Villa), Arthur Kiggundu (Express FC), Grant Matsiko (Wakiso Giants FC)
Midfielders: Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Hussein Ssenoga (Express FC)
Wingers: Mohamed Ssenoga Kagawa (KCCA FC), Rogers Mato Kassim (KCCA FC), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC)
Forwards: Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Kasule (Wakiso Giants FC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants FC), Frank Sebuufu (Wakiso Giants FC), Cromwel Rwothomio (Vipers SC), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC)