2019 AFCON Qualifier: Uganda Cranes begin early preps for Taifa Stars contest

Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre

Uganda Cranes Coach Sebastien Desabre put a group of 24 players through their paces on Monday morning as early preparations began for Uganda’s closing AFCON 2019 qualifier against Tanzania.

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre

The arch rivals face on 24th March in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es salaam.

The two hour training session at Startimes Stadium Lugogo was mainly was dominated by locally based players from the Uganda Premier League clubs except players from Vipers, Proline and Express FC but the rest of the summoned players turned up with one addition – Solomon Walusimbi of Maroons FC.

The French tactician was impressed with “the good attitude and willingness to compete” shown by the players.

“It is good to see the players turn up with a good attitude and willingness to compete’ Desabre noted after the training in a media interface.

Uganda Cranes Coach Sebastien Desabre and Lule on bench

Reigning league top scorer Juma Balinya of Police FC couldn’t hide his excitement.

“I am delighted to be part of the team. I will give my best because this is a dream for us players to play for the national team,” Juma Balinya told the media.

Training will resume on Tuesday morning starting by 9 AM, at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.

Uganda is among the 14 nations that have already qualified for this year’s AFCON finals to be hosted in Egypt.

The 24 players who trained on Monday morning:

Nicholas Sebwato (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Willa Paul (Police FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa), Solomon Walusimbi (Maroons)

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