Gearing preparations for the Algeria African Nations Championships (CHAN), Uganda Cranes is bound to feature in four buildup matches against top African nations and a European side.
Cranes’ head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich confirmed the Cranes will play Cameroon, Mali, Sudan and Switzerland Premier League club Lausanne FC.
“We shall be isolated in one camp in Tunisia for a set of friendly matches, so it’s not a tournament,” the Serbian revealed to the press on Friday.
“We will focus on working on our final product against Sudan on January 3. We shall then play Cameroon which will give us a sense of Franco-phone Central African football.”
“We shall also play Mali on January 08th and then play Switzerland Premier League club Lausanne, that will give us a sense of European football,” confirmed Micho.
Uganda is pitted in Group B along with giants Senegal, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Micho is convinced the preparations will be of help if they are to make it out of the group stages for the first time ever, after six attempts.
The Cranes will travel to Tunisia on Sunday before later connecting to Algeria after the preparation matches.
They will then open their campaign on January 14th against the Democratic Republic of Congo at the 19 May Stadium, Annaba.
Current Squad in camp
Goalkeepers: Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Mathias Muwanga (Onduparaka FC), Emmanuel Kalyowa (BUL FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Gaddafi FC), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC), Abdu Magada (Gaddafi FC)
Defenders: Ashiraf Mandela (Vipers SC), James Begisa (URA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Isa Mubiru (Vipers SC), Hillary Mukundane (Vipers SC), Kenneth Ssemakula(SC Villa), Geofrey Wasswa (KCCA FC), Gift Fred (SC Villa)
Midfielders: Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Vipers SC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Abdu Karim Watambala(Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Kagawa Ssenoga (KCCA FC), Rogers Kassim Mato (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Kasule (Wakiso Giants FC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants), Frank Ssebufu (Wakiso Giants FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Nelson Ssenkatuka(Soltilo Bright Stars FC