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Uganda Cranes after a training session recently. Courtesy photo

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Uganda Cranes Vow to Capitalize on Home Advantage

With Uganda having a good record at home especially against fellow East Africa region sides, confidence is high in Sebastien Desabre’s camp.
posted onSeptember 7, 2018

By Thomas Odongo

Uganda Cranes have been in camp conducting drills for their second Group L match of the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers against Tanzania Taifa Stars on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

The Tanzanians touched down on Thursday.

Uganda is boosted by four Europe based players; Yunus Ssentamu, Faruku Miya, William Luwaga Kizito plus Willaim Opondo and with all the players in the camp, fans are anticipating for a home win.

With Uganda having a good record at home especially against fellow East Africa region sides, confidence is high in Sebastien Desabre’s camp.

‘’It is always a huge advantage playing at home because our fans have always supported us. This being the first game, we have to take the home advantage to get a win and take control of the group,’’ Uganda Cranes forward Emmanuel Okwi told this reporter during a team training session recently.

Coach Desabre will be under pressure to register another win after a sloppy start to his Uganda Cranes job.

Uganda lead Group L with three points after winning Cape Verde 1-0 last year, while Lesotho and Tanzania are joint second after they drew 1-1 in their opening game. The 2019 AFCON will be held in Cameroon in August.

Uganda broke a 39-year jinx by qualifying for the 2017 AFCON that took place in Gabon.

Uganda Squad

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango, Jamal Salim, Charles Lukwago.

Defenders: Denis Iguma, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Muleme, Murushid Juuko, Denis Timothy Awanyi, Hassan Wasswa.

Midfielders: Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Tadeo Lwanga, William Luwagga Kizito, Joseph Ochaya, Moses Opondo, Allan Kateregga, Khalid Aucho, Faruku Miya, Moses Waiswa.

Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Yunus Sentamu, Edrisa Lubega, Derrick Nsibambi, Patrick Henry Kaddu.

Visiting Delegation:

Goalkeepers: Aishi Manula (Simba SC), Benno Kakolanya (Yanga SC) and Mohammed Abdulrahman Wawesha (JKU).

Defenders: Hassan Kessy (Nkana FC, Zambia), Abdi Banda (Baroka FC, RSA), David Mwantika (Azam FC), Ally Sonso (Lipuli FC), Paul Ngalema (Lipuli FC), Gardiel Michael (Yanga SC), Kelvin Yondan (Yanga SC), Andrew Vincent ‘Dante’ (Yanga SC) and Aggrey Morris (Azam FC).

Midfielders: Himid Mao (Petrojet, Egypt), Salum Kimenya (Tanzania Prisons), Frank Raymond Domayo (Azam FC), Salum Kihimbwa (Mtibwa Sugar), Mudathir Yahya (Azam FC), Farid Mussa (CD Tenerife, Spain) and Simon Msuva (Difaa Hassan El-Jadidi, Morocco).

Forwards: Yahya Zayed (Azam FC), Kelvin Sabato (Mtibwa Sugar), Shaaban Iddi Chilunda (CD Tenerife, Spain), Rashid Mandawa (BDF XI, Botswana), Thomas Ulimwengu (El Hilal Omdurman, Sudan) and Mbwana Ally Samatta (KRC Genk, Belgium)

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