Uganda Cranes Up-coming Matches:

  • International Build up: Zimbabwe Vs Uganda – Tuesday, 31st May 2016 (Harare)
  • AFCON 2017 Group D Qualifier: Botswana Vs Uganda – Saturday, 4th June 2016 (Francistown)

Two of the Uganda Cranes’ players Tonny Mawejje and goalie Dennis Onyango will join the rest of the teammates just hours to the international friendly game against Zimbabwe Warriors on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cranes depart Entebbe International in the wee hours of Monday morning aboard Ethiopian Airlines with a stop over in Addis Ababa.

While at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, they will be joined by two others Robert Odongkara and Isaac Isinde, both playing with giants, St George.

Mawejje, who turn out for Thottur in the Icelandic premiership and Mamelodi Sundowns’ goalie Dennis Onyango will arrive at Harare International Airport on Tuesday morning.

Thottur has a home league engagement against IBV whilst Onyango will first attend the South African end of year awards on Monday night (he is highly tipped for the goalie of the year accolade).

Orlando Pirates’ Yassar Mugerwa who was unused substitute in the Bucs’ 3-2 Nedbank cup loss to SuperSport is the first player expected in Zimbabwe on Monday morning.

All these arrangements are being coordinated by the FUFA advance party head in Zimbabwe, Decolas Kiiza.

Kiiza arrived in Harare from Kampala on Saturday evening to make early arrangements for the team.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe also has several players who will arrive on the actual match day.

Onyango’ teammate at Sundown, Khama Billiat, Helsingborg striker Matthew Rusike arrive on Tuesday too.

Uganda needs to win the remaining two Group D AFCON 2017 qualifiers matches against Botswana (away) and Comoros at Nelson Mandela National Stadium for realistic chance of making the grade at the biggest football fiesta on the African soil.

At the moment, both Burkina Faso and Uganda have each garnered 7 points (the West Africans are only ahead because of superior goal difference).

Botswana is third with six points and Comoros has just three points.

Uganda Cranes Full Squad Expected:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyanyo (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Ondongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Salim Jamal Magola (El Merriekh, Sudan)

Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda)

Midfielders: Aucho Khalid (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Tonny Mawejje (Thottur, Iceland), William Kizito Luwagga (Feirense, Portugal), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Yassar Mugerwa (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Strikers: Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Sondyerske, Denmark), Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen, Germany)

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

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