Head coach of the Ugandan national team ,Sebastien Desabre, has named a 27-man provisional squad for a special training camp in Abu Dhabi to prepare for the forthcoming Total Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Egypt.
Veteran Shot Stopper, Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns, who is one of the longest serving players in the squad currently will captain the side.
“Onyango is dependable. Look at his recent form on the continent and for his club as well, we have to use his experience and help the other players that have not been to this level before. Our target is to have decent result especially in the first game,” Desabre said.
The team is a blend of youth and experience. William Luwagga Kizito and Michael Azira, two players who played at AFCON 2017 in Gabon but have been out of the team for some time return to the fold.
“Every player has been assessed because of the good follow up from the technical department and now we know every player for the time we have had. The qualifiers were very good and it’s time to show we are of quality,” he added.
The Cranes contingent is expected to fly out on 27th May 2019 to Abu Dhabi, where they have lined up two friendly games.
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan)
Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA), Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached)
Midfielders: William Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Khalid Aucho (Churchill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), Moses Waiswa Moses (Vipers), Sadam Juma (KCCA)
Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA)
Uganda are housed in Group A with host nation Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.
Information from CAFonline was used in preparing this report.