The Uganda National senior football team is called the ‘Uganda Cranes’ and is managed by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).
The current head coach of the Uganda Cranes is French man Sebastien Desabre who was apointed on 28th December, 2017 to replace Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who resigned the post. Moses Basena was in charge on interim basis from 31st July, 2017 when Micho resigned till December, 2017.
Sebastien signed a 3 year deal with FUFA to handle the Uganda Cranes. He was coaching Egyptian Club Ismaily.
Sebastien supervise all the national development teams (U-23, U-20 and U-17) because FUFA’s philosophy is to build football from the grass-roots
The team captain is Denis Onyango who took over the reigns from Geoffrey Massa after quiting international football mid 2017. Onyango plays his club football with Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa. Assistant captain is Hassan Wasswa.
On the day he was appointed Uganda Cranes coach, Sebastien said;
‘I am very happy to be in Uganda. I am more than ready to serve Uganda Cranes’ Desabre told the media in a brief address.
Mathias Lule is the assistant coach and Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach) while Ahmed Hussein (National teams’ Communications Manager).
Patrick Ntege is the National teams’ Officer.
Physician Ronald Kisolo and Ivan Ssewanyana are the team Doctor and Physiotherapist respectively.
Uganda Cranes Coaches since 1969
- Burkhard Pape – 1969-1972
- David Otti – 1973-1974
- Westerhoff Otto – 1974-1975
- Peter Okee – 1976-1981, 1983
- Bidandi Ssali- 1982
- George Mukasa – 1984-1985
- Barnabas Mwesigwa – 1986-1988
- Robert Kiberu – 1988-1989
- Polly Ouma – 1989-1995
- Timothy Ayieko – 1995-1996
- Asuman Lubowa – 1996-1999
- Paul Hasule – 1999
- Harrison Okagbue 1999-2001
- Paul Hasule- 2001-2003
- Pedro Pasculi – 2003
- Leo Adraa – 2003-2004
- Mike Mutebi – 2004
- Mohammood Abbas – 2004-2006
- Laszlo Csaba- 2006-2008
- Bobby William- 2008-2013
- Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic – 2013-2017
- Moses Basena –August 2017 – 27th December 2017
- Sébastien Desabre – 28th December 2017 (On a 3 year contract)
Uganda Cranes 23 man squad to 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon (Shirt numbers in blue):
1 – Robert Odongkara (Saint George, Ethiopia), 2 – Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), 3 – Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh, Vietnam), 4 – Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), 5 – Isaac Isinde, 6 – Tony Mawejje (Thotur, Iceland), 7 – Sentamu Junior Yunus (Ilves, Finnland), 8 – Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), 9 -Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), 10 – Luwagga William Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), 11– Geoffrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), 12 – Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), 13 – Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T, Vietnam), 14 – Nico Wadada Wakiro (Vipers, Uganda), 15 – Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), 16 – Hassan Mawanda Wasswa (Nijmeh, Lebabon),17 – Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), 18 – Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), 19 – Magoola Salim Omar (El Merriekh, Sudan), 20 – Awany Timothy Dennis (KCCA, Uganda), 21– Muhammad Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), 22 – Batambuze Shafik (Tusker, Kenya), 23 – Azira Michael (Colorado Rapids, USA)
Uganda Cranes was named CAF Best Team of the year 2016 and captain Denis Onyango was Awarded best African player and best goalkeeper on the continent.
In the 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon Uganda qualified and finished 13th overall.
Uganda Cranes was in Group D with Egypt, Ghana, and Mali.
World Cup record
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 1957 to 1959 – Did not enter
- 1962 – Fourth place
- 1963 – Withdrew
- 1965 – Did not qualify
- 1968 – Round 1
- 1970 to 1972 – Did not qualify
- 1974 – Round 1
- 1976 – Round 1
- 1978 – Runners up to Ghana who won 2-0 in Kumasi
- 1980 to 1982 – Withdrew
- 1984 to 1988 – Did not qualify
- 1990 – Withdrew
- 1992 to 2013 – Did not qualify
- 2015 – Did not qualify
Head coach: Sebastien Desabre
Assistant coach 1: Matia Lule
Goalkeepers’ coach: Fred Kajoba
Team Doctor: Ronald Kisolo
National Teams’ Officer: Patrick Ntege Kaweesa
Team Physiotherapist: Ivan Ssewanyana
Communications: Ahmed Hussein
Team kits man: Said ‘Saido’ Lugolobi
Transport officer: Ahmed Kabali
Photo Credit: FUFA Media
Uganda Cranes finished 2nd in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier Group E with nine points but lost the first place to Egypt.
The Cranes began Total 2019 AFCON Qualifier in Group L with a 1-0 away win in Cape Verde on 11th June 2017.
Uganda is to play Tanzania on 8th September 2018, back to back with Lesotho on 10th and 13th October 2018, host Cape Verde on 16th November 2018 and play Tanzania in last game away on 22nd Match 2019
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