Uganda Cranes Upcoming Matches:

Eastern Regional Tour: 25th June 2016

  •  Eastern Region Vs Uganda Cranes – Mbale Municipal Stadium

2nd Regional Tour: Mid July 2016

International Friendly Match: 30th August 2016

  • Uganda Cranes Vs Kenya – Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

AFCON 2017 Qualifier: 3rd September 2016

  • Uganda Cranes Vs Comoros – Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

There are exactly 72 days left to that crucial AFCON Group D qualifier between Uganda and Comoros at Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Given the significance of the match where Uganda Cranes requires maximum points to secure a slot to the African Cup of Nations, immediate training has started barely two months to the match.

Fifteen (15) players turned up for training on Monday at the KCCA Stadium in Lugogo Kampala.

There were three professionals and 12 home based players (8 of whom are Vipers players who won the Uganda Cup).

Yassar Mugerwa (Orlando Pirates), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta) and Dannish based striker Emmanuel Arnold Okwi trained in the two and a half hour session.

Head coach, Milutin Sredojevic hinted on the value of early preparations.

We want to keep close scrutiny of all the players available. We are now marking the close of active season. The Eastern regional tour will be the official close of players’ business until Mid July when the pre-season starts for most players.

He summoned right backs Joseph Nsubuga and Nicolas Wadada – two potential back ups for the suspended Dennis Iguma.

There are four players I have in mind who can play the right back.

Training for the Mbale match continues on Tuesday.

Players who trained Monday:

Ismail Watenga (GK), Shafiq Bakaki, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Watenga, Deus Bukenya, Benard Muwanga, Halid Lwalirwa, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Dan Birikwarilwa, Kezirono Kizito, Yassar Mugerwa, Emmanuel Okwi, Edrisa Lubega, Erisa Ssekisambu, Martin Kizza

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

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