Uganda Cranes player limbering at the t Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat on Friday evening Credit: FUFA Media
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier (Group E)
  • Congo Brazzaville Vs Uganda Cranes – Unite de Kintele Stadium, 5:30pm (EAT)
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes player limbering at the t Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat on Friday evening Credit: FUFA Media

Uganda National football team, The Cranes traveled safely from Entebbe via Nairobi to Brazzaville for the final Group E match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The team led by FUFA Executive Committee member Rasoul Aliga checked in at the Hotel Saphir in Brazzaville.

They also held a one and a half hour training session later on Friday evening at the Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat where lots of stretching drills were emphasized to relax the bodies after travel.
Team captain Dennis Onyango Masinde, who plies his trade at Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa stresses the significance of the game that will be played on Sunday.
‘”We are all set to represent our mother country Uganda, it’s always a privilege to play for a national cause.
“This game is as rather vital as the rest of the other games  previously held, it’s one that can hugely help us ascend our world ranking spot to a respectable seeding.
“All Ugandans should expect a descent display come Sunday and, a win a way from home is everyone’s aim,” he is quoted by the federation website.
The team will have a final session at Unite de Kintele Stadium on Saturday evening.
With Egypt already through to the final tournament, the results from Uganda Cranes against Congo will not matter. Neither will the Ghana Black Stars versus Egypt results.
Head coach Moses Basena took a largely local side for the game with only 5 foreign based players.
This is a clear indicator of the building process for the future of the team bearing in mind CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and CHAN 2018 is around the corner.

Uganda Cranes Traveling Team:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Masinde Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda), Ismail Bin Watenga (Vipers, Uganda)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Isaac Muleme (KCCA, Uganda), Isasc Isinde (Buildcon, Zambia), Murushid  Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Dennis Awanyi (KCCA, Uganda), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa Jogoo, Uganda)

Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El-Geish, Egypt), Tom Masiko (Vipers, Uganda), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA, Uganda), Paul Mucurezi (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (SC Villa Jogoo, Uganda)

Forwards: Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Geoffrey Serunkuma (Buildcon, Zambia), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars, Uganda)

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

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