CAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS:
1st round 1st leg: 12-14th February 2015 – Cameroon Vs Uganda
2nd round 2nd leg: 20-22nd February 2015 – Uganda Vs Cameroon
2nd Round: Winner Vs Ghana (Two legs in March 2015)
Final Tournament: 14th – 19th April 2015 (In Seychelles)
Sand Cranes captain Derrick Tekkwo is optimistic that the team can make history and play at the Africa Beach Soccer Championship finals on the first time of their asking. Tekkwo will lead his troop against Cameroon on the weekend of February 13-15 against Cameroon in Yaoundé with a return leg seven days later.
In the event that Uganda advances they will play against Ghana in March before the finals in Seychelles in April as Tekkwo said
We go in into the Cameroon tie as underdogs. That doesn’t mean we are not good enough to go past Cameroon and advance
Uganda will go into the tie with only one game against Zanzibar as international exposure, then Uganda defeated their hosts 5-4.
Zanzibar was a good challenge, everyone saw what it means to play at the big stage, it might have been just a friendly but really gave us a good beginning.
Uganda Beach soccer head of technical matters Hamza Junju shares Tekkwo’s school of thought about the Zanzibar tie going in to the Cameroon engagement as he told FUFA.
The match we played in Zanzibar exposed us to challenges in the game. We have therefore zeroed on the players we believe will match the technical and physical demands of the game especially after we learnt of the West African countries we shall face.
The team starts training later this month at Lido Beach in Entebbe.
The full squad:
Goal Keepers: Michael Kalule (MUBS), Nasser Lwamunda (Buwanika Bulls United), Ashadu Bugembe (YMCA)
Defenders: Derrick Tekkwo (Captain) – YMCA, Davis Kasujja (MUBS), Douglas Muganga (Nkumba Select), Ambrose Naturinda (YMCA) Midfielders: Baker Lukooya (MUBS), Saidi Latif (Real Galacticals), Yasser Mugerwa (Nkumba Select), Dennis Sserukwaya (Real Galacticals), Abraham Lubowa (Zaba Super Market), Hamim Ssemakula Tebusweke (Kayunga Town Council),
Scorers: John Revita (Real Galacticals), Brian Nkuubi (MUBS), Roch Somoka (Nkumba Select), Nicholas Kamya (Dalumba – Richmond), Ismail Kagingo (KIU), Phillip Lwezaula (St Lawrence University), Emma Kalwoya (St Lawrence University)
Head Coach: Harunah Kebba
Assistant Coach: Peter Seguya
Chairman Technical: Justus Kamusiime
Assistant Chairman Technical: Hamzah Jjunju