Uganda Cranes Up-coming matches:

International Friendly Match: Tues, 4th October 2016

  • Togo Vs Uganda – Kegue Stadium, Lome

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier (Group E): Fri, 7th October 2016

  • Ghana Vs Uganda – Tamale

The provisional Uganda Cranes squad to face Togo and Ghana early October 2016 has been released on Wednesday at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic named 30 players on the provisional list during a press conference, the first official briefing held after the historic 2017 AFCON qualification.

Free State Stars newly acquired striker Hamis Kiiza, Lebanese based Al Ahed right back Dennis Iguma and Colorado Rapids midfielder Mike Azira are some of the new faces in addition to the team that played against Comoros.

Azira returns to the fold since the back to back matches against Burkina Faso in May 2016. It should be remembered Azira requested to be left out of the team that prepared for the Kenya and Comoros games.

Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (16) smiles during a previous Uganda Cranes training

Notable absentees who were part of the historic team that qualified for AFCON finals are Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, who at the moment remains club-less and KCCA striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

No Honeymoon:

In the aftermath of the country’s historic successful qualification to the AFCON finals in Gabon, Micho told the media his prime focus is to concentrate ahead of the two important games next month.

The celebrations after qualifying for AFCON 2017 now belong to the past.

We are working for strategies of how to make qualification a habit. For this reason, planning and preparations start immediately.

At the same press conference, Micho released the detailed training regime starting with the locally based players on 1st October 2016.

A bulk of foreign based players will fly directly to Lome where the team will assemble on Monday, 3rd October 2016 before a general training session ahead of the international friendly match with Togo the following day.

Uganda Cranes Summoned Team:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal (El Merriekh, Sudan), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda), Ismail Watenga (Vipers, Uganda)

Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Dennis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa, Uganda),  Isaac Isinde(St. George, Ethiopia), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka, Uganda), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (Than Quảng Ninh, Vietnam), Aucho Khalid (Baroka, South Africa), Ivan Ntege (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Oloya (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Tonny Mawejje (Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, Iceland), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa, Uganda)

Strikers: Hamis ‘Diego’ Kizza (Free State Stars, South Africa), Geoffrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Sondjerskey, Denmark), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finnland), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda)

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

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