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AFCON 2017 Group D Qualifier:

Saturday, 5th September 2015:

Comoros Vs Uganda (Mitsamiouli Stadium – 3 pm)

Live on 102.1 FUFA f.m courtesy of Airtel Uganda and White star Magic -a product of BIDCO Uganda Limited.

The group of Uganda Cranes players in training at the match day stadium in Comoros. They were joined by the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo in a rare show of patriotism and encouragement

Over 37 million Ugandans and the rest of the passionate football enthusiasts across the world continents will keep glued where ever for the AFCON 2017 qualification results from the games that kicked off Friday through to Sunday.

For starters, Uganda Cranes play the second group D match away to Comoros, after the 2-0 home victory in the opener against Botswana Zebras.

The Zebras shall be taking on Burkina Faso later on Saturday.

Led by the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo, Uganda traveled to Moroni, Comoros via Nairobi on Thursday after a successful 3 day’s residential camp at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru, a synthetic surfaced play ground similar to the host stadium of Mitsamiouli.

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Cranes players, William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), Brian Umony (St. George, Ethiopia) and Godfrey Walusimbi, who plays with Kenyan giants, Gor Mahia in training at the FUFA Technical center, Njeru

Head coach, Milutin Sredojevic has already indicated there is need to guard against gross exaggeration by the recently released FIFA/Coca cola rankings that pit Uganda high and above the three teams in the group D.

We respect the opposition, that is why the FIFA Rankings can never decide football results in any match. However, we are determined for the away match we look forward the next round of qualifiers against Burkina Faso in March 2016

Uganda seeks for yet another great result away from home after being inspired by the 1-0 away victory over African heavy weights, Nigeria in May 2005.

Young Vipers midfielder, Farouk Miya, one of the five locally based players on the team to Comoros, notched the only goal of the day back then.

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Vipers’ Farouk Miya (left) and Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA F.C), two of the five local based players on the team. Other are Joseph Ochaya, Ivan Ntege (KCCA F.C) and Richard Kasagga (URA F.C)

With experienced guards in goal keeper, Dennis Onyango, midfielder Tonny Mawejje, strikers; Geofrey Massa and Brian Umony, Uganda has a starting point ahead of the match.

Team captain, Geofrey Massa promises a great show in Comoros;

All the players are ready for the mission – attack and defend in equal measure for the entire match and record maximum points from the game – three points.

The team in Comoros had a light training session on Thursday before Friday’s mandatory training at the match venue with the FUFA President himself warming up with the players in a unique spirit of teamwork and patriotism.

L-R: Team captain, Geofrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics F.C) and Goal keeper, Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sun Downs) in warm up

The match kicks off at 3 p.m (the same local time in Comoros as in Uganda).

FIFA referees from Seychelles will handle the game.

Barra Allister will be the center referee with fellow countrymen, Adelaide Eldrick and Steven Marie the first and second assistant referees respectively.

Another official from Seychelles, Fred Nelson Emile is the reserve referee whilst Ali Rajab Muhsin from another island country of Zanzibar is the match commissioner.

The Ugandan team in Comoros:

Goal Keepers: Denis Onyango and Robert Odongkara

Defenders: Denis Iguma, Richard Kasagga, Isaac Isinde, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko and Joseph Ochaya

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, William Luwagga Kizito, Yassar Mugerwa, Ivan Ntege, Muzamir Mutyaba and Farouk Miya

Strikers: Brian Umony, Geoffrey Massa (Captain) and Yunus Sentamu.

Pool of players from Comoros:

Goal Keepers: Salim Ben Boina (Consolat Marseille, France 2nd division), Volonjara Salimo (FC Fomboni, Comoros Premier) and Said Halifa (Steal New Sima, Comoros premier)

Defenders: Ibrahim Rachidi (Consolat Marseille, France 2nd division), Salim Mramboini (Consolat Marseille, France 2nd division), Chaker Alhadhur (Caen – France Premier League), Kassim Ahamada (AS Beauvais, France 3rd division), Omar Mdahoma (FC Aubagne, France 4th Division), Djamaldine Bounou (Blue Coast, France 4th Division)

Midfielders: Nadjim Abdou (Millwall, England 2nd Division), Fouad Bachirou (Östersunds FK, Sweden 1st.Division), Mohamed Youssouf (FC Veria, Greece premier), Youssouf M’Changama (Consolat Marseille, France 2nd division), Nasser Chamed (Nimes, France 1st division), Alhadhur Attoumane (Volcan Club de Moroni, Comoros Premier), Fouad Rachidi (CS Fola, Luxemburg Premier), Faouz Faidine (FC Fomboni, Comoros Premier)

Strikers: Ahmed Mogni (Paris FC France 1st division), Ali M’Madi (Grenoble Foot 38, 3rd division) Mohamed M’Changama (Les Herbiers, France 2nd division), Youssouf Ahamadi (Belfort, France 2nd division), Yacine Saandi (FC St Denis, Reunion premier), Issa Nazarali (Cercle de Joachim, Mauritius premier)

List of Referees:

Center Referee: Barra Allister (Seychelles)

1st Assistant: Adelaide Eldrick (Seychelles)

2nd Assistant: Steve Marie (Seychelles)

Reserve Referee: Nelson Fred Emile (Seychelles)

Match Commissioner: Ali Rajab Muhsin (Zanzibar)

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