Uganda Cranes’ midfield duo of Khalid Aucho and Allan Kyambadde will be the first of foreign-based players to link up with the local contingent who entered camp on Sunday at the Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi.
Aucho and Kyambadde will jet in today (Monday) evening, with strikers Emmanuel Okwi and Derrick Nsibambi expected in the country on Tuesday.
The Egyptian Premier League climaxed over the weekend with Al-Ahly finishing as champions which gives the Ugandan players who ply their trade in the North African country ample time to return home early ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers doubleheader against South Sudan.
Upon arrival, the Egyptian legion will undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests just like the local based player did on Saturday. The same will be for the other professionals who are expected in camp by November 8.
The 22-local lads are to kick start training on Monday evening at 4 PM at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo. Only five or six will be maintained and will join the 20-man foreign-based squad.
Johnathan McKinstry’s charges will host the first leg at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on November 12 and the second game will be played at the Nyayo National Stadium in Kenya on the November 16.
Uganda Cranes leads group B with four points from two games after picking up a win against Malawi and drawing with Burkina Faso.
They will be hoping to grab all the six points against South Sudan in order to brighten their chances of playing at a third consecutive AFCON final.