L-R: Wadada, Saddam and Nsibambi. Saddam has been released Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The Uganda Cranes road to AFCON finals in Gabon continues as the first phase of the residential training has ended on Friday evening.

Uganda Cranes players pray at Kabira Country club in Bukoto

Head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic has reduced the numbers of the players who were continue to prepare for the Tunisia and Dubai camps ahead of the final tournament come January 2017.

The players dropped are; Joseph Nsubuga, Richard Kassaga Jjuuko, Halid Lwaliwa, Rashid Toha, Keziron Kizito, Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Paul Mucureezi, Martin Kizza and Erisa Ssekisambu.

[/media-credit] Halid Lwaliwa among the players kindly requested to stay with his club, Vipers after the Christmas break Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The team breaks off for the long awaited Christmas holiday.

The team will resume training on Monday evening ahead of the phase leading to the training camps.

Sudan based goalie Salim Jamal trained on Friday to bring the number of goalkeepers in camp to three after Benjamin Ochan and Ismail Watenga.

26 players will travel to the Tunisia and Dubai training camps.

The Uganda Cranes players expected on Monday:

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

Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Ronald Mukiibi (Östersunds FK, Sweden), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda).

Midfielders: Tonny Mawejje (Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, Iceland), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Vipers, Uganda),Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA, Uganda), Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya) and Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa, Uganda), Aucho Khalid (Baroka, South Africa)

Strikers: Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finnland), Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Geofrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa)

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

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