CAF 2015 Beach Soccer Qualifiers:

1st Round:
1st Leg: 13th – 15th Feb: Cameroon Vs Uganda, 2ND leg (20th – 22nd Feb: Uganda Vs Cameroon)
2nd Round:
1st Leg: 13th- 15th March: Winner Uganda/Cameroon Vs Ghana, 2nd Leg (20th – 22nd March 2015)
Final Tournament: 14th -19th April 2015, Seychelles
Ahead of next month’s CAF 2015 beach soccer qualifier against Cameroon, the Uganda National team, The Sand Cranes have started training at Lido Beach in Entebbe.

15 of the summoned players turned up for first training.

We expect a full house by Thursday as we continue with the non residential training

Hamza Junju, vice technical at the Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) remarked.

Uganda Sand Cranes landed a tough draw where they will have to skip two West African nations if they are to make it to the April 2015 final tournament in Seychelles.

Uganda faces Cameroon in the first round in a two legged affair in February 2015 with the winner playing Ghana for the available slot in the finals.
Ninteen teams will be engaged in the qualification matches over the two rounds.

Nine teams have been exempted from the first round qualifiers basing on their participation in the 2013 Championships which was hosted in Jadida, Morocco as well as their official ranking.

The 9 are; Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Madagascar, Libya, South Africa and Uganda’s likely second round opponent, Ghana.

First Round Draws:
Uganda plays Cameroon, Tunisia plays Mali, Sudan entertains Djibouti and Mauritius engages Mozambique before the East African derby of Kenya versus Tanzania.

Second Round fixtures:
Ivory coast awaits the winner of Kenya/Tanzania, Morocco will play the winner from Sudan vs Djibouti, Tunisia is booked for the winner of Mali Vs Senegal, Madagasacar Vs South Africa, Nigeria Vs Libya and Ghana awaits the winner of Uganda Vs Cameroon.

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)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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