Uganda Cranes head coach at a press conference in Kampala

Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic is in Dubai to help assist in the early preparations of the national team for the AFCON 2017 finals in Gabon.

Micho is an advance party ahead of the national team’s planned training camp in Al Wasal, Dubai come early 2017.

The Serb, famous for his attention to detail strategy has been at the fore front of the bookings for the national team’s opponents in the up-coming international friendly matches.

So far, Uganda Cranes has been confirmed for high profile international build ups against the reigning African Champions, Cote D’Ivoire, Tunisia and Libya.

Slovakia and Gabon possibilities:

The Uganda Cranes are also certain that they will play against Slovakia and Gabon if all initial plans materialize.

“We are in top relations with the two countries and only awaiting for paper work to confirm. These are other great countries that will give us a real test before the AFCON finals in Gabon” Micho confirmed.

Uganda booked a ticket to play at the AFCON 2017 finals for the first time in over 38 years.

In Gabon, they are grouped in group D alongside Eygpt and two West Africans Mali and Ghana.

Group D will be based in Port Gentil, off the Atlantic Ocean.

Already, Micho named a provisional list of 40 players who will be reduced to 26 ahead of the Dubai camp.

Medicals for all the players will take place between 15th – 18th December 2016 in Kampala with expert doctors from South Africa.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundown, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Jamal Salim (El Merriekk, Sudan), Isma Watenga (Vipers, Uganda), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda)

Defenders: Ronald Mukiibi (Östersunds FK, Sweden), Denis  Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa Jogoo, Uganda), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Richard Kassaga Jjuuko (URA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Rashid ‘Mertasacker’ Toha (Onduparaka, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), Tonny Mawejje (Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, Iceland), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Vipers, Uganda), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Geofrey ‘Baba ‘Kizito (Than Quảng Ninh, Vietnam), Kizito Kezironi (Vipers, Uganda), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA, Uganda), Yassar Mugerwa (St George, Ethiopia), Ibrahim Saddam Juma (Express, Uganda), Moses Oloya (Kuban Kransnodor, Russia), William Kizito Luwagga (Rio Ave, Portugal), Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Paul Mucurezi (KCCA, Uganda), Martin Kiiza (SC Villa, Uganda) and Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa, Uganda)

Strikers: Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Geofrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finnland), Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda)

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

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