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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 Desabre during the unveiling ceremony held on 28th December 2017 in Mengo at FUFA House

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.

Uganda Cranes Coach Sebastien Desabre during the Cranes training

Working Team:

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.

New Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre is greeted by the Minister of Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni

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)

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Uganda Cranes XI vs Togo in the 2nd round 2nd leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Mandela National stadium. L-R (Back Row) Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Juuko, Kizito Luwagga, Denis Onyango (GK), Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Massa (Capt) Front row (L-R) Isaac Isinde, Tonny Mawejje, Godfrey Walusimbi, Faruku Miya and Denis Iguma.

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.

MP W D L F A D Pts
Egypt 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
Ghana 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6
Mali 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2
Uganda 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1
Uganda Cranes XI That started against Ghana Black Stars in Group D of AFCON 2019 finals in Gabon. L-R (Front) Denis Iguma, Tony Mawejje, Miya Faruk, Isaac Isinde, Kizito Luwagga. L-R (Back) Hassan Wasswa, Geofrey Kizito, Mike Azira, Joseph Ochaya, Denis Onyango and Captain Geofrey Massa.

World Cup record

Africa Cup of Nations record

  • 1957 to 1959Did not enter
  • 1962 – Fourth place
  • 1963Withdrew
  • 1965Did not qualify
  • 1968 – Round 1
  • 1970 to 1972Did not qualify
  • 1974 – Round 1
  • 1976 – Round 1
  • 1978 – Runners up to Ghana who won 2-0 in Kumasi
  • 1980 to 1982Withdrew
  • 1984 to 1988Did not qualify
  • 1990Withdrew
  • 1992 to 2013Did not qualify
  • 2015 – Did not qualify
  • 2017-Thirteenth

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

Action from the 2018 FUFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Mandela National stadium, Namboole between Uganda Cranes in Red and Ghana. The the picture; Emma Okwi beating a Ghanaian player. The match ended goalles.

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.

 

MP MP W D L F A D Pts
Egypt 6 4 1 1 8 4 +4 13
Uganda 6 2 3 1 3 2 +1 9
Ghana 6 1 4 1 7 5 +2 7
Congo 6 0 2 4 5 12 -7 2

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

MP W D L F A D Pts
Uganda 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Lesotho 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 1
Tanzania 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 1
Cape Verde Islands 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

 

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