As the Uganda Cranes prepare for their Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam, only nine locally based players will join 15 foreign based players after a series of training sessions and practice matches.
Uganda has already booked the ticket as Group L winners and they are yet to concede a goal but head coach Sebastien Desbare has insisted he want to finish the qualification on a high.
“We are setting the ball rolling as we want to finish on a high in the group with good results against Tanzania I have summoned a new player on the team playing in Germany while some have been recalled to the squad. We are hopeful they will do a good job,” Desabre told www.fufa.co.ug
“I have been impressed with the quality of players in the domestic league. During the local camp I will choose nine players to complete the group for match against Taifa Stars’ added Desabre.
In the 31 players, Desabre selected the cream of the league led by leading scorers Juma Balinya and Bashir Mutanda of Police and SC Villa respectively.
The local crop is also supposed to make their case as the team prepares for the Total 2020 CHAN qualifiers against South Sudan and Rwanda if the Cranes advance.
“The local camp will also be an opportunity for me to have early preparations of players for 2020 CHAN Qualifiers against South Sudan in July and August,” he noted.
15 foreign based players have been summoned and they are led by captain Denis Onyango but there notable absentees in Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg United) and Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha)
Also included in the team are assistant captain Hassan Wasswa and Godfrey Walusimbi who are currently clubless.
The 15 foreign based players Summoned for camp in Cairo,Egypt: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilah Omdruman, Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Denis Iguma ( Kazma, Kuwait), Nicolas Wadada Azam FC, Tanzania), Herbert Bockhorn (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Moses Opondo (VendsysselFF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)
The 31 local based players: Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Wila Paul (Police FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha ( Onduparaka FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa).
• March 11th -15th training at Lugogo (Local based players)
• March 13th – FUFA Press Conference at 12.30pm- Uganda Cranes coach addresses media at Lugogo
• March 16th- Regional Tour match: Uganda Cranes vs Kampala Regional Select team, 9 players will be selected from this local camp to join the 15 foreign based players in Cairo.
• March 17th-Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Cairo for residential camp
• March 18th-22nd – (24 man Uganda Cranes Squad camp in Cairo, Egypt)
• March 23rd – (24 man Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Tanzania)
• March 24th Tanzania vs Uganda (AFCON Qualifier in Dar es Salaam)