Travis Mutyaba in action against Ethiopia. He has been nicknamed Messi by Ugandan fans Credit: FUFA Media

Uganda Cranes international build ups in Europe & Asia:

Programme:

  • 10th January 2022: Departure to Turkey
  • 12th January 2022: Iceland Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey
  • 15th January 2022: Botosani Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey
  • 18th January 2022: Moldova Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey
  • 21st January 2022: Iraq Vs Uganda – Baghdad
  • 27th January 2022: Bahrain Vs Uganda – Bahrain city
  • 28th January 2022: Return to Uganda

The Uganda Cranes delegation left for Antalya city in Turkey on Monday afternoon.

Vipers has a lion’s share of players as Halid Lwaliwa, Bright Anukani, Abdul Azizi Kayondo, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Yunus Junior Sentamu and Ibrahim Orit.

Head coach Milutin Sredojevic confirmed the final team that left for the upcoming international build up matches in Europe and Asia.

KCCA captain Benjamin Ochan joins two other foreign based goalkeepers Charles Lukwago and Isima Watenga.

Benjamin Ochan

The delegation left Entebbe International Airport at 3:00 PM and is expected to arrive in Antalya city on Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 10:00 AM.

Build ups:

Uganda will play five international build up matches against Iceland, Botosani and Moldova in Turkey.

Two other build ups will be held in Asia; against Iraq in Baghdad and Bahrain in Bahrain city.

The first match against Iceland on 12th January 2022 in Turkey.

The second match will be played on 15th January 2022 against Botosani and the third match shall come on 18th January 2022 against Moldova. All matches in Europe will be played in Antalya.

Teenager Travis Mutyaba is part of the traveling delegation

Uganda Cranes in Asia:

Uganda Cranes shall then face Iraq on 21st January 2022 in Baghdad city, and finally Bahrain on 27th January 2022 in – Bahrain city.

The team returns home on the 28th January 2022. The matches in Europe are organized by Global Sport Management.

FUFA Executive Committee member Ahimibisibwe Bugingo is the leader of delegation.

Traveling Delegation:

  • Leader of Delegation: Ahimibisibwe Bugingo
  • FUFA Deputy CEO – Football: Decolas Kiiza
  • National Teams’ Officer: Paul Mukatabala Nantulya
  • Head coach: Milutin Sredojevic
  • Assistant coach: Moses Basena
  • Goalkeeping coach: Kajoba Fred Kisitu
  • Physiotherapist: Ssewanyana
  • Fitness Trainer: Felix Ayobo
  • Team Manager: Geofrey Massa
  • Official: Kasalirwe Dirisa
  • Kits Manager: Samuel Mulondo

Players:

Goalkeepers: Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), Charles Lukwago (Saint George, Ethiopia), Isima Bin Abdul Rashid Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa)

Defenders: Innocent Wafula Esimu (KCCA), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), Eric Senjobe (Police), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Enock Walusimbi (Express), Kenneth Semakula (Sc Villa)
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), Ashraf Mugume (KCCA),George Kasonko (BUL), Bright Anukani (Vipers), Martin Kizza (Express)

Forwards: Muhammad Jagason Shaban (Onduparaka), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Rogers Mato Kassim (KCCA), Steven Mukwala (URA), Yunus Junior Sentamu (Vipers), Henry Patrick Kaddu (Unattached), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers)

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

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