Uganda Cranes international build ups in Europe & Asia:
10th January 2022: Traveling 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
KCCA FC captain and goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and Uganda Hippos (U20) forward Najib Yiga are some of the surprise faces on the Cranes Plane to Turkey that were not initially summoned.
Ochan took one spot of goal keepers; Joel Mutakubwa and Jack Komakech who were earlier named in the squad.
Vipers SC teenager Yiga is anticiapated to have replaced BUL FC forward Musa Esenu who didnot make cut.
The contingent that has left Entebbe international airport today Monday, is comprised of 11 officials and 24 players according to Fufa.co.ug.
All the earlier 44 summoned players, technical staff and officials were subject to a COVID-19 test to make the squad.
New members of the Cranes squad, George Kasonko and Ashraf Mugume have both made the final squad.
The team that left this morning was confirmed by Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredojevic and will participate in the upcoming international build up matches in Europe and Asia.
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.
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.
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.
Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (Saint George, Ethiopia), Isima Bin Abdul Rashid Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA)
Defenders: Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Innocent Wafula Esimu (KCCA), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), Eric Senjobe (Police), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Enock Walusimbi (Express), Kenneth Semakula (Sc Villa)
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), George Kasonko (BUL), Ashraf Mugume (KCCA), Bright Anukani (Vipers), Martin Kizza (Express)
Forwards: Kaddu Patrick (Unattached), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Muhammad Jagason Shaban (Onduparaka), Rogers Mato Kassim (KCCA), Najib Yiga (Vipers), Steven Mukwala (URA), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers)
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: Ivan Ssewanyana
Fitness Trainer: Ayobo Felix
Team Manager: Massa Geofrey
Official: Kasalirwe Dirisa
Kits Manager: Mulondo Samuel