Abdu Lumala

Stylish midfielder Abdu Lumala is among the players yearning for their maiden cap with the Uganda Cranes.

Uganda Cranes team captain Denis Onyango (left) with Abdu Lumala in Abu Dhabi

The Swedish based fast paced player currently features at Syrianska Football Club in the Superettan league.

Since joining the team base at Park Rotana hotel in Abu Dhabi in preparation for the AFCON 2019 finals, Lumala has boldly acknowledged that there is something special for the team.

I got the chance to join the Uganda Cranes. I have received warm reception in camp. It is an honour to join a group that has Africa’s best goalkeeper Denis Onyango. There is something special in this camp. We are ready for the tournament but the matches lined up for us before we travel will give us the chance to check on how much we have covered.

Lumala is among the uncapped players on the team.

The other is Swedish based defender Brian Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu and striker Alexis Bbakka.

The Squad in Abu Dhabi

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)

Midfielders:  Allan “Dancing Rasta” Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda)

Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)