The Uganda Cranes team arrived in Cairo, Egypt on Monday evening for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Clad in black suits, white shirts, and yellow ties, Uganda Cranes delegation set foot on Egyptian land, at Cairo International Airport by 7:30 PM (local time).

The plaque given to Uganda Cranes by the Egyptian Airports Authority (FUFA Media)

The delegation of over 35 people was warmly received by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) protocol team.

They were accorded a special plaque by the Egyptian Airports Authority before checking in to board the state of art official team bus.

Robert Odongkara (L) and Salim Omar Magoola upon arrival at Cairo International Airport on Monday evening (Photo: FUFA Media)
Bevis Mugabi (left) with Brian Mukiibi Ddungu at Cairo International Airport (Photo: FUFA Media)

The Uganda Cranes had landed moments earlier aboard Egypt Air from Abu Dhabi where the team had staged a three-week training camp to further gel and harness their skills.

Moments later, they were received by the FUFA advance team led by the third vice president Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, apparently the leader of the delegation.

The team is accommodated at the lavish Radisson Blu Helipolis in Cairo city.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo

we arrived safely from Abu Dhabi. all the glory goes to the mighty Allah. we are accommodated at Cairo Radisson Blu. we shall get to know the rest of the program latest Tuesday morning.

Ahmed Hussein, FUFA Public Relations Officer

Meanwhile, midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma will return home on Tuesday from Abu Dhabi.

Juma was among those players who did not make the cut but remained in camp just in case of any eventualities.

L-R: Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach), Romain (Video Analyst), Sebastien Desabre (Head coach), Mathias Lule (Assistant coach) and Antonio D’Jerome (Trainer).

The 2019 AFCON will be Uganda Cranes’ 7th time of participation.

Uganda kicks off the campaign on Saturday against the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Cairo International Stadium during match day two.

The other group A opponents include Zimbabwe and hosts Egypt.

Team Chiropractor Dr. Charles Sebwana wheels his luggage (Photo: FUFA Media)

Uganda Cranes Delegation in Egypt:

Players (23 man Team):

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)

Midfielders:  Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)

Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)


  • Leader of Delegation: Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi
  • FUFA President: Moses Magogo
  • Executive Committee Members: Issa Magola, Hamid Juma, Abdul Ssekabira, Rogers Byamukama
  • Head coach: Sebastien Desabre
  • Assistant coach: Mathias Lule
  • Goalkeeper coach: Fred Kajoba
  • Team Doctor: Dr. Ronald Kisolo
  • Physiotherapist: Dr. Ivan Ssewanyana
  • Team Chiropractor: Dr. Charles Sebwana
  • Media: Ahmed Hussein
  • Physical Fitness trainer: Gerome D’Antonio
  • Kit Managers: Lawrence Kizito and Ayub Balyejusa
  • Finance Director: Decolas Kiiza

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

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